I spoke with Jane Spies, who manages the Hub's op shop (she is also a counselor) and she explained that their aim is to help the community. They have a number of ways they do this:
Running a food hub/supermarket where those on centre-link can access cheap food and goods.
Run a basic coffee shop and have created an outdoor area where people can interact with one another.
On Friday/sat nights they have a street reach food van that goes out to help Noosa's youth.
And if that's not enough, they run a foster care appeal, 3 times a year, at Easter, Winter and Xmas for all the families in the Noosa area who foster children. Just to top it off, they also support an orphanage in Bali.
This charity was started 14 years and this Op shop is in a large airy warehouse. The items are neatly organised in various area's and there's certainly a lot to choose from. You could easily lose yourself in this op shop for an hour, at least.
Alpha & Omega's 'sister' op shop is called "Shabby 2 Chic" and is a little more upmarket. It took me a bit longer to find this shop, it's in Selkirk st, a side street off Lionel Donovan Drive, (where the Toyota Dealership resides). Head towards the end of Lionel Donovan Drive and look to your right for Selkirk Drive. Shabby 2 Chic is tucked away in there. (2/8 Selkirk Dr).
One of the Directors of the charity, Robyn Reiser explained that this second Alpha and Omega op shop started 2 years ago. They sell beautiful solid timber furniture, lamps, crockery, designer label clothing, shabby chic items and vintage clothes.
This charity also helps "SHINE" (safe houses in Noosa everyday) by donating goods to help women who have fled violent situations often with nothing. Kudo's to you Shabby 2 Chic and good reason to help support these op shops isn't it!
So next time you think about throwing out clothes, linen, kitchen goods, furniture, spare a thought of the local op shops who are doing so much good to help our community.