How do you make a difference just by shopping or donating to an Attic Window Thrift Store? By shopping or donating items to a Muncie Mission Attic Window Thrift Store you directly support the Muncie Mission. The Muncie Mission Attic Window sells gently used (and sometimes even new) donated items at low cost to the public which they then use the profit of the sales to provide food, shelter, counseling and more for Mission residents and their Family Services program. By simply making a purchase or donation to any one of their five Muncie Mission Attic Window Thrift Store locations, you can help make a difference for someone in need and lucky us, we have one right in Blackford County at the downtown square of Hartford City, 108 N. Jefferson Street. The Hartford City location is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
So who can donate you ask? You! What can you donate? Gently used items such as clothing of all sizes, shoes, accessories, furniture, baby gear, appliances, electronics, books, cds, movies, tools, household items, basically anything that you think would be of use to someone else and is in good working condition. Next time you are downsizing, cleaning out the garage or have leftovers from a rummage sale bring those items up to the Muncie Mission Attic Window Thrift Store! There is a large donation drop box outside of the locations for smaller and non fragile items. Larger items or fragile items may be brought to the store during their open hours or you may contact the Muncie Mission Attic Window at (765) 288-9122 to see if your larger item donation qualifies for a pick up.
Every day the inventory is updated. This means that whenever you shop you will most likely find something new to look at. Items are given low price tags in order to offer an affordable shopping experience. Many of their customers say, “it’s like a treasure hunt.”
The Muncie Mission Ministries is a faith-based agency that has brought hope and healing to the homeless and needy of Delaware County for over 80 years. Their purpose is to provide compassionate rescue services on an immediate and/or long-term basis to the poor and needy of Muncie and East Central Indiana.
Throughout the year they host serval events to raise funds for the mission and to educate the community. Many of the events are held annually such as their Walk a Mile in My Shoes held every February, National Day of Prayer every May, Golf Tournament every June and Giving Tuesday every November.
Muncie Mission has been in operation for over 85 years. In the 1930s, Rev. Eddie Thomas opened the mission in the basement of the old First Baptist Church for the men, women, and children who were in need of food and shelter during the Great Depression. In 1935, Muncie Mission was able to acquire the Alva Kitselman building on South Mulberry to function as the primary location for the Mission. The Mission became incorporated that same year and its first Board of Directors was elected.
In September of 2014, Ray and Paula Raines retired after 29 years of seeing God work His grace through Muncie Mission. Together they were the key in God growing a small, grubby space for eating and sleeping into a multi-location ministry using business to pour His provision and healing into thousands of people’s lives. As the Raines’ came to the end of their time at the Mission, Frank and Anna Baldwin’s path began. Frank, with a deep background in both business and ministry, was voted unanimously by the Board to be the next Director. Anna uses her experience and skills (with people and organization) as Human Resources Director and Director of Kitchen Services.
Over the years, they were able to grow more and more, offering more programs and services to the community. They started their long-running chain of Attic Window stores, developed the recycling program, and started serving free community lunches to families in need.
Throughout the years, the Mission has moved locations, but it has always stayed in Muncie, where its operations remain focused on Muncie and East Central Indiana communities. After a successful Capital Campaign, they were able to break ground in 2006 on a brand-new facility at its current location of 1725 S. Liberty Street that would better accommodate the needs of the Men’s Service as well as stand as the new corporate office for the Mission. They moved into the new facility in November of 2008, and opened the facility to the community in January of 2009. They say they have been blessed to “maintain operations in the incredible building they’re in.”
Beyond the Hartford City location they have two locations in Muncie, 400 W. Memorial Drive and 3400 N. Broadway Avenue, one in New Castle, 511 N. Memorial Dr., and another in Winchester, 120 S. Meridian Street.