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House of Grace ministry and resale shop to reopen downtown

01/16/2014 3:24 PM

01/16/2014 3:53 PM

WICHITA — House of Grace, a homeless ministry that sustains itself through a resale shop, is reopening almost one year after losing its previous space.

The ministry started in 2010 at 922 S. Topeka. Now, it will open downtown at 530 E. Central near Central and St. Francis.

"We're right in the midst ... of the downtown situation," says treasurer Mary Ann Pistocco. "With very generous, generous help from Cao Properties, we are there."

The building once was home to the Nifty Nut House, which is now at 537 N. St. Francis.

"That seems to ring a bell with everybody," Pistocco says.

The ministry raises money by selling used clothing. The shop, which will have a preview opening on Feb. 14, will be open to the public.

Donations "are absolutely surprising and amazing," Pistocco says.

She says that helps with another part of the group's mission, which is to help children.

"My heart is for children," Pistocco says. "I want families to be able to buy clean, affordable clothing to clothe their children."

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