SOURCE: Laura's House

November 13, 2008 18:43 ET

Laura's House to Temporarily Close San Clemente-Based Laura's House of Treasures Thrift Store

Citing an Increase in Store Operating Expenses, Non-Profit Seeks New, Centrally Located Site Offering a More Affordable Lease

LADERA RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - Laura's House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced that it will temporarily close its Laura's House of Treasures Thrift Store, located at 510 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente, Calif.

"Despite the economic downturn, the continued outpouring of support from our board members, private donors, foundations and the community at large has enabled Laura's House to remain very strong financially," said Margaret Bayston, executive director. "While we are disappointed to have to close the thrift store, this is a move that we must make in order to support our continued success as an organization. We simply cannot justify the fiscal responsibility associated with the higher costs and more stringent contractual obligations of the new proposed lease terms for this location."

Each year, Laura's House of Treasures Thrift Store generates more than $450,000 in gross revenue for Laura's House. "Not only has Laura's House of Treasures provided our organization with a much-needed revenue stream for supporting our programs and services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, but it has also been a great service for the San Clemente community, giving residents a great place to find gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, books, housewares, linens, small electronics, jewelry and collectibles," continued Bayston. "We look forward to serving the community from our new location soon."

Laura's House of Treasures Thrift Store will remain in business at the San Clemente location until Saturday, November 22. In the meantime, the organization actively seeks a new location within South Orange County that is centrally located and easily accessible via foot, automobile or public transportation.

About Laura's House

Annually, Laura's House provides residential shelter services to more than 200 women and children, counseling to more than 600 clients, legal services to more than 700 clients and assists with more than 1,200 crisis hot-line calls. The mission of Laura's House is changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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