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New Hope Shelter in Waynesboro reopens thrift shop

June 19, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - New Hope Shelter's thrift shop reopened late last week, just shy of two full months since a fire that damaged the rear of the South Potomac Street shelter.

The grand reopening of the thrift shop has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Jennalee "Jenna" Freeman, shelter director.

The fire, which broke out at 6 a.m. April 19, was immediately called "suspicious" by investigators. Waynesboro police have not filed charges in the incident.

Since the building has been closed for structural problems and alarm system violations perceived by the local fire marshal, Freeman has been directing potential clients to other shelters in Franklin County as well as those in neighboring Adams County, Pa.

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"I know they've been full recently, so we're hoping to get open by September," she said.

New Hope Shelter and its board of directors will be accepting bids from construction contractors through July 3, Freeman said.

"A lot of it is structural," she said.

Work that needed to be completed primarily included the north and east walls of the building as well as repairs to the damaged kitchen.

"We have finally gotten everything taken care of with the insurance company," Freeman said.

The thrift shop, which will serve hot dogs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, has plans to offer specials during the grand reopening celebration. The back corner of the thrift shop and its restroom were damaged by the fire.

"There wasn't any damage to merchandise," Freeman said.

For information about construction bids, call the shelter at 717-762-5840.

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