After an extensive renovation, The Well Thrift Store and Resource Center opened their doors for business on Wednesday.
“It feels amazing being here in the community of Knoxville,” said Advancement and Marketing Director Eden Youngberg. “We love the location, we love the community. It’s incredible to see the quality donations that have been coming through.”
Store Manager Lucinda Smith has been working with her team to fill the shelves with quality donations from the community, and the store also supports the programs of resource center.
The resource center is a safe space for community members to go if they are struggling in their life. Resource referral and outreach opportunities will be available, and Director Larissa Van Donselaar is now available to take appointments. Care Coordination Team Leader Eric Goodale is also available for appointments.
Van Donselaar has the privilege of sharing life with her husband, Danny and their two teenage daughters, Isabella and Ava. A life-long resident of Marion County, Larissa and Danny Van Donselaar live and own a business in Knoxville. Larissa Van Donselaar has spent most of her professional life working in community development, and she is excited to join the team and have a front row seat to God’s outpouring on the community.
Goodale is married to the love of his life, Brenda, with whom he has the joy of raising his three children Elizabeth, William, and Grace. He has lived in central Iowa his entire life and wouldn’t trade it for anything. He spent the last 21 years working with at-risk teens and is excited to bring that experience to serving at the resource center. His free time is used to enjoy his passion for fishing and the outdoors, coaching youth sports and spending time with his family.
The organization’s mission is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities and the strength in every person to find hope for life. It is an organization of people interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in the county. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches, business and social service agencies, they hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources.