HAAM stores have hidden treasures Humble Area Assistance Ministries is not just a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community, they have two resale stores that are a great source of shopping for hidden treasures and other great finds. When HAAM was created 20 years ago it consisted of 16 congregations and organizations that came together to provide a comprehensive social service agency that would serve as the safety back-up for Humble ISD and East Montgomery County. Churches and schools would no longer need to provide food pantries, and by centralizing efforts duplication would be avoided. As the community has grown, so has HAAM. HAAM has 23 covenant organizations with many other groups and individuals supporting its efforts, and serves much of northeast Harris County. HAAM offers many other community based services such as: client emergency services that provides help to community members who are experiencing crisis situations; a food pantry that offers food packages to neighbors in need; a community outreach program that offers a variety of community resources opportunities on-site at HAAM; and an employment center that helps unemployed and under-employed persons find work. All of these services are made possible in large part due to the resale shops which offer community members the opportunity to shop for clothing, household and furniture items at a discounted price. Since its opening 20 years ago, the original resale shop in Humble has been a big part of HAAM’s success. They opened a second location earlier this spring in Kingwood. The stores have been a big part of HAAM’s success. “We have antiques, hidden treasures, furniture for apartments, and great retro clothing,” said HAAM Executive Director Diana Garbis. “We depend on donations from the community but also shoppers. All of the proceeds from this store go back into our social service programs to provide food, shelter, education and employment programs. The communities’ money is local and stays local.” HAAM Resale Store also picks up furniture for free. In 2009 the Resale Shop funded 40 percent of HAAM series. For more information about furniture pick-up or the resale shop call 281-446-0993, or visit haamministries.org. The stores are located at 1302 First Street in Humble and at Black Cat Junction (22310 Loop 494) in Kingwood. Photos (from top to bottom): This beautiful china cabinet, vintage Victoria phonograph and fine wooden dresser are examples of the great finds at HAAM’s resale shop in Humble.

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