Rick Rack, a ministry housed in City on a Hill that provides clothing to foster children, is in need of more space to sort and inventory the donated clothes. Monetary donations would help the ministry expand in its current location.
Annette Manwell/Senitnel staff
Posted Jan. 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
What is Rick Rack's mission?
Rick Rack is dedicated to restoring the esteem and dignity of teens in foster care by building up a community of individuals, businesses and churches who will give of themselves to care for the "least of these;” to come alongside at-risk teens and their caregivers during a time of uncertainty and instability and bring the love of Jesus through personal relationships and meet them in their time of need.
Who does Rick Rack serve?Teens are referred to Rick Rack through organizations the ministry partners with, such as Pathways, Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, Department of Human Resources, D.A. Blodgett, Michigan Opportunity Initiative, Bethany Christian Services and Women in Transition. Rick Rack is known for serving foster, adoptive, kinship, refugee and aging out teens ages 11-21. The ministry’s primary area served is Allegan and Ottawa counties; it’s had opportunities to bless teens from Kent and Muskegon counties and have had referrals from as far as Saginaw. Each teen is invited to shop the boutique once a month for six pieces of brand new and/or nearly new designer clothing and accessories, all for free.
What is Rick Rack's need right now?Inventory has grown to include hygiene items and school supplies. The ministry needs more space to accommodate inventory intake and an electronic inventory software. Currently, donations are delivered to the ministry by walking through the City on a Hill building. This can be inconvenient and difficult especially for large donations. Monetary donations would help the ministry expand at its current location into a space that would give supporters direct outside access for donations and allow Rick Rack volunteers to work in stages. Also, implementing a scannable UPC bar code system would eliminate the need to manually log and tag inventory, allow the ministry to have access to real-time inventory information and have continual updating of styles and sizes on hand, which would be beneficial to filling the needs of the teens who frequent the boutique.
More about Rick Rack:
Founded in 2010 by Casandra Collins
Website: www.rickrackministry.orgPhone: 616-953-6053
Address: 100 Pine St., Ste. 177, Zeeland, MI 49464
To help, contact Casandra Collins, executive director, 616-953-6053, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Buitenhuis, volunteer coordinator, 616-748-6090, email@example.com.