Shoppers at Helping Hands Resale Shoppe can put their fears to rest about one of Chillicothe’s newest unique ventures.



They voiced their concerns to manager Sherry Adams that someone would buy the building they lease out from underneath them, but that seems to be solved now.


Shoppers at Helping Hands Resale Shoppe can put their fears to rest about one of Chillicothe’s newest unique ventures.

They voiced their concerns to manager Sherry Adams that someone would buy the building they lease out from underneath them, but that seems to be solved now.

Helping Hands officials recently secured a loan through Associated Bank to purchase the former Chillicothe Mortuary building at the corner of Fourth Street and Truitt Avenue for $200,000.

Officials announced at the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce annual banquet in March that they intended to buy the building, and they were beginning a campaign to raise funds for the building. The shoppe received an award that night as well.

Since that time, about $23,700 has been raised through pledges and donations toward a $40,000 down payment goal. The goal of the “Help Us Hold on to the Building” is to raise the funds by July 20.

“One of the main reasons we are pushing so hard to raise as much of the cost of the building as possible is to be able to keep giving out healthy amounts of donations,” said Brent Ressler, one of the founders of the shoppe.

“It is such a simple formula — each dollar that we an reduce our monthly expense of keeping the building and paying our expenses — is a dollar that we then will be able to give out.  So, even though we are a donation based/donation sharing group — these funds raised up front to pay for the building will allow us to give out even more in the long run.”

There are three current initiatives to help organizers raise the funds.

A fundraising banquet is planned for July 7 at Pearce Community Center, including food, music and entertainment.

“Threads of Hope” friendship bracelets are currently being sold. Threads of Hope is a fundraising ministry which helps families and kids in dire need in the Philippines, according to Brent Ressler.

The “Visit Team” is meeting with local pastors and businesses to find partners for the cause.

Raising more funds toward the purchase of the building will help non-profit groups now and into the future.

“It is exponential — if someone gives a dollar toward the building fund — it literally can result in hundreds more given out in the years to come. Now that is an amazing investment,” said  Ressler.

To keep residents aware of donations, the thermometer signs reflect the total needed for the down payment only.

To make a donation, residents may stop by the shoppe or its parent organization, CrossWord Café-Chillicothe Youth Center, or call 251-2048.

Checks may be made out to CrossWord Café-Chillicothe Youth Center and sent to the organization at P.O. Box 14, Chillicothe, IL 61523. The café is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.