FARGO - Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch has added another thrift store in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
The latest shop, the ninth in the group, opened March 15 at 5289 51st Ave. S. in Fargo’s Deer Creek area.
“We opened there because the building was available and because it was a perfect location and it was a perfect building to make into one of our stores. We weren’t looking at opening a new store, but the opportunity arose and we took it,” DBGR spokeswoman Tammy Noteboom said Wednesday, April 17.
The store is operating in the building formerly home to Studs to Rugs, Noteboom said.
That gives Dakota Boys and Girls ranch three stores in Fargo, and one apiece in West Fargo, Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Devils Lake, N.D., and in Dilworth, Minn.
"This is a place where we hope we get new shoppers and donors. We're glad we're filling that niche in that area of town," said Lisa Olson, DBGR's vice president of retail operations. "We're really excited to be there."
Olson said a grand opening celebration will be held in the fall when road construction on nearby 52nd Avenue South is completed.
DBGR brings in up to $1 million in profit a year from its stores, which is directed toward the operation of its Christian residential treatment and educational facilities for youth in Fargo, Minot and Bismarck, Noteboom said.
“The money goes to support the kids at the ranch, who are really amazing kids, with very complex issues, psychiatric issues, neglect, abuse. A lot of our kids are living in foster care and just need some help,” Noteboom said.
DBGR provides nursing care and works with area professionals to provide more comprehensive medical care.
“We have psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists” and occupational therapists, Noteboom said.
“All of our kids are trauma survivors, so much of trauma is stored in the body. So, occupational therapy and movement can help unlock some of the trauma, so the kids are able to cope and deal with their issues,” Noteboom said.
Noteboom and Olson said DBGR is encouraging its supporters to make donations at the new store, so less merchandise needs to be moved to that store.