It started in an unlikely way. Often, well meaning donors would send clothes to the Reservation, but as there was no systematic way to handle that, those items were often unloaded in public places, subject to rain, snow and the elements. Through the moccasin telegraph, reservation residents would find out, come to hunt and pick, but generally a pile of debris was left, adding to the general garbage problem on the reservation. “It was not dignified for our people” said Willis Busenitz, Pastor White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church, Busby, In 2012, the good ministers serving the Northern Cheyenne Reservation- then eight in number - met to discuss this problem, forming a nonprofit organization, then meeting every two weeks. Very soon, they opened a thrift store, housed in a vacant building owned by the Morningstar Baptist Church, which provided that space for some years, allowing the thrift store to gain a substantial foothold, widely patronized by the community.
Getting ready to start the dedication of our new building! Dedicated first and foremost to Creator Ma'heo'o and dedicated to the Cheyenne people.Posted by Everything Beautiful Thrift Store on Sunday, November 17, 2019
Suzette Cain Shreffler, Northern Cheyenne Christian woman had recently returned home from Seattle seeking ways to serve both her people and the Lord. Initially, she offered to manage for one year, but as the Thrift Store blossomed, providing critical and economical goods and other “pastoring” services to the community, she spent six years there, now gone on to good works in Pennsylvania. Current staff include tribal members, Virginia Ridgebear, Manager Desiree Two Crow, Cashier and many local volunteers. The Everything Beautiful Thrift Store has changed their lives, they say. As it has beneficially affected many other troubled Cheyenne, prayer and other support often offered.
Clara Caufield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright permission Native Sun News Today
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