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October 17, 2016

On a Wing Thrift shop opens in Warrenton

The shop, open only through October, supports Magnificent Oak Ministries, a private, nonprofit committed to caring for the needs of families affected by abuse and violence.
By Lynnette Esse

On a Wing Thrift opened Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 Broadview Avenue, next to Warrenton Tire and Auto.

Bargain hunters found treasures of all kinds, including furniture, rugs, artwork, toys, kitchenware, decorative items, seasonal decorations, jewelry and books.

Magnificent Oak Ministries, a private, nonprofit committed to caring for the needs of families affected by abuse and violence, opened the shop to bring attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The shop will operate only during October.

It also will raise funds to provide services for survivors of abuse, including housing assistance, licensed professional counseling and emergency assistance of all kinds. Forms of assistance include money for utilities, car insurance, gasoline and personal hygiene items, as well as mentoring and advocate services. Fauquier County has no safe house or shelter for abused women.

“This is somewhat of a market test,” said founder Lorene Head. “If we come out of this and can justify paying rent for a space, we will continue. We have to see if the community will support us.”

The space and merchandise were donated. A small team of dedicated volunteers staffs the shop with all proceeds going to fund the programs.

Magnificent Oak Ministries also has raised funds with semi-annual direct mailings in Fauquier County, donations from churches, including Bethel United Methodist’s annual auction proceeds, and through the efforts of the Give Local Piedmont campaign each year.

On a Wing Thrift accepts donations, other than fabric items or clothing, on Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m.

The shop operates noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It accepts cash and debit and credit cards for purchases.

The nonprofit incorporated in March 2007 as Fauquier Faith Partners. Ms. Head, who volunteered for a similar organization in McLean, had an idea to create such an entity her. One Sunday in August 2006, Pastor John Chadsey f Warrenton United Methodist Church, issued a challenge to the congregation.

“Pastor John asked for 10 volunteers to come forward who wanted to make a difference for the kingdom in their community,” Ms. Head recalled. “I knew that there were women in our community who needed help and would not drive to McLean. I knew I had to do something here.

“Pastor John handed out ten $100 bills at each of three services to the volunteers who came forward. We had to report back 30 days later about how we used the money to make a difference. I used the money to create a survey that went out to professionals in the community, such as lawyers, doctors, counselors, etc. asking the question, ‘Do we need services for survivors of domestic abuse in our county?’

“The overwhelming response was ‘Yes!’ Many of these professionals became part of our network of providers.”

The group’s name changed to Magnificent Oak Ministries in 2014, so as not to be limited to Fauquier County.

It developed a faith-based training program for survivors of abuse, covering forgiveness, boundaries, faith and the journey.

“Our services go beyond the application of routine crisis intervention and case management,” Ms. Head said. “We walk beside our clients as they develop in personal growth through the recognition that healing happens in relationships . . . with training, mentoring, counseling, love that is unconditional, and generous resources that facilitate a recognition of her worth and purpose, and a plan for achieving it. We provide services that heal and nurture the entire being.”

For more information, call 540-359-6795 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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MissB · October 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm
I've always thought that building would be an awesome indoor market place. Stalls for crafts, farmer's produce, thrift shop items, etc. So much potential there.
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