Everything FREE Family Event
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My New House started its journey in June 2016 with the development of a thrift store in the Rampart community. The thrift store rapidly obtained an excellent reputation for being the cheapest thrift store in the area. We sold new and gently used clothes, shoes, housewares, life accessories, and furniture.
We strategically selected this location due to our desire to serve an underprivileged community. Over the years, Rampart has gained its reputation for being one of the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles. Rampart is the cradle of La Mara Salvatrucha. La Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 is a violent gang mainly composed by Salvadoreans. Shootings, assaults, gang confrontations, drug dealings, homelessness, absent parents are the day by day of that community. On the other hand, Rampart also houses diverse types of residents, college students, and hard-working people, mainly immigrants. You may ask yourself, how can decent and generous people live in a place like this? Very simple, affordable rent. Rampart's housing is more affordable than its boundaries.
To our surprise, our clientele did not limit to the Rampart residents. We had customers from San Diego, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica, Lancaster, West Los Angeles, and many other places. For example, one customer found a pair of mirrors on OfferUp. She drove all the way from San Diego to pick up both mirrors. A San Francisco customer saw one antique chair we posted on Instagram. This specific chair matched the one he needed. He bought the chair online and picked it up the next day. People from everywhere would come to the store to choose their favorite item.
After two years in business, we were forced to close the thrift store due to not having enough budget to sell cheap. Increasing prices is not part of our business model. The very last day, we opened the doors to our customer and allowed them to take everything they needed. From clothes to furniture. We are honored to say that thousands of people benefitted during the tenure of our thrift store. The good news is that we are currently seeking for another location to hold our thrift store.
Free Clothes Distribution
My New House provides multi-focused programs which offer free utilities to fifty approved single-family households in the city of Los Angeles. For homeless people, MNH offers clothing, food, and personal hygiene products for free. MNH collects clothing, food, and other supplies to support the homeless population in the city of Los Angeles. Our volunteers organize and receive goods from the community in which they sort and distribute to the local homeless population a monthly basis. The supplies are the first step toward a positive change for the homeless and help provide a sense of value so they can start stepping toward changing their situation.
The Single-Parent Head of Household Utility Relief Program benefits households that are supported by one single person either a woman or a man and have children attending school or children with disabilities. The approved beneficiaries receive a year of aid to pay for gas and electricity expenses. The program is available to any approved single parent or head of household with children younger than eighteen. In all their programs, MNH accepts people with or without a social security number, resident card, or citizenship. Applications are due in August, interviews are then performed to determine the most in need, and the awarded relief program is finalized in July. Having a year of utilities covered has helped these households organize their finances and save thousands of dollars toward a get-a-head plan.
We didn’t want to leave without blessing the community we serve. My New House made the invitation to all residents from the Rampart community and customers from Craigslist, 5Miles, Letgo, and OfferUp. People walked in by dozens taking home furniture, office supplies, clothes, shoes, store fixtures, and everything else they found on their way.