By Guest Blogger Lu Cook

Annie’s Hope Center for Growing & Healing, a 501c Non-Profit, was founded by Reverend Abby Catoe to help domestic violence survivors. Her project is unique to our area. Far from a typical shelter, she is building a safe, long-term home for survivors. It will provide growth opportunities and teach empowerment through healing services. In support of the non-profit, Abby opened Annie’s Hope Thrift Shop, located at 5365b Robinhood Rd in Winston-Salem. The shop is intended to provide logistical support for the home once it is complete and to serve as a potential program opportunity for the residents. Fundraising efforts for building the home are ongoing.

When my son needed to complete volunteer hours for Crosby Scholars this past winter, Abby was kind enough to let him sort clothing donations and organize the storage area for the thrift shop. I worked along side him, and as we did this it became apparent that she could use more help, so I offered to volunteer in the shop. When I walked in for the first time, I fell in love with the charm and treasures there. It is an eclectic space with a spirited atmosphere. The volunteers are engaging and helpful.

Abby’s passion for her vision is contagious, so I have been a volunteer at the shop since late January, 2019. In June, Abby asked me to be the Volunteer Coordinator. As a professional recruiter, I saw an opportunity to help the shop be successful. Since then, we have added to our team, but the volunteer landscape is always changing. If you are able to spare four hours a week (or even monthly), you will be contributing to an effort that will offer a needed service to our community. Volunteers operate the cash register (PayPal), write receipts, price items and help customers in finding different sizes or products. Currently, the shop is not accepting donations but may be in the future.

Annie’s Hope Thrift Shop carries women’s clothing and accessories, furniture, housewares, electronics, toys/games and books at thrifty prices. Like us on Facebook and Instagram to see an array of selections.


Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-6PM.

To find out more about volunteering at Annie’s Hope Thrift Shop, contact me (Lu) at: 336-480-6611. You can also read an article in the WSJournal here.

To find out about volunteer opportunities for Annie’s Hope Center for Growing & Healing, contact Abby Catoe at or go to

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