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Operated as a social enterprise of a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization, Common Threads is a business where doing right matters as much to us as our bottom line.

Some of our Associates are individuals served by the faith-based ministries of Building Hope in the City, including refugee and immigrant welcome efforts, poverty alleviation programs, new church plants in urban neighborhoods, and more.

For some, Common Threads is their first-ever experience with the world of work. For others, we are a needed on-ramp to employment following a challenging season of life.

In every case and for every employee, Common Threads seeks to be stimulating place where people find common ground in excellent team-based work, the giving and receiving of dignity, and running the best thrift store in Cleveland!

Net proceeds from Common Threads benefit Building Hope in the City, a Cleveland faith-based nonprofit with a mission to “Restore the city to God by developing and linking people, communities and churches.” The organization has five main areas of service including:

Church Planting and Leader Development – cultivating new and expanded approaches to urban ministry by developing emerging and indigenous faith leaders for and with city congregations.

Refugee and Immigrant Ministry – leading the Church’s welcome of these newcomers, including efforts that share God’s love with them so that they can flourish in our community and contribute meaningfully to its vitality.

Ministry Capacity Building for Churches – partnering with urban congregations to see ministry expanded at the grassroots, neighborhood level, with a particular focus on youth and families.

Volunteer Training and Discipleship – serving as a training and deployment hub for local citizens, Christians and congregations seeking to engage meaningfully in urban and cross-cultural ministry.

Social Enterprise – pioneering for-profit business ventures whose primary purpose is the common good of the city, the advancement of God’s Kingdom and creating employment so that the people Building Hope in the City serves reach their fullest, God-given potential.

Learn more about Building Hope in the City here.

Not everything we receive as donations can be stocked for resale, which is why our community and corporate partnerships are critical to operations and the best possible stewardship of God’s creation. We manage unusable donations responsibly with an eye toward diverting reusable items from landfills.

Free Clothing Ministries – When we are overstocked or are out of storage space, we route wearable clothing to the Clothing Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church and Twice Blessed), which provides these items to people in crisis free of charge.

Fabric/Clothing Recycling – Torn, soiled and unwearable clothing is sold to vetted recycling partners. These sales create added income for our efforts.

Metal/Glass Recylcing – Our program for recycling these materials is still under development. Check back for details soon.