““Karla”, 36, was recently released from prison, and was referred to Shining Light by Capitol Pavilion, one of our partner agencies. Trying to get back on her feet, and with limited resources, Karla needed basic clothing. Shining Light was able to provide her with several complete outfits, nightwear, shoes and underclothing. She can continue to obtain some additional free clothing over the next six months, as she seeks employment and establishes a household again. Her joy in selecting and “modeling” her “new” clothing touched us all!” – A Shining Light story
Treating all who enter our doors with dignity and respect. That’s the motto the Shining Light Thrift Shop has been operating under in midtown Harrisburg since it opened its doors on September 9, 1992.
Today, the store is an outreach ministry within St. Patrick Cathedral Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Donations and purchases help to fund the Shining Light, which serves the ongoing needs of over 1,000 economically disadvantaged individuals each year by providing free or low-cost clothing and domestic goods.
Gail Kline is the Shining Light’s store manager and says its mission is simple: “We are here to help people in need.” Over the years Kline recalls the store has helped individuals who have been released from prison, victims of home fires, and those who have lost their job to get back on their feet.
The Shining Light partners with nearly 50 local agencies that refer those in need to the store’s program. Individuals may get nearly $200 worth of clothing and household items over six months if needed. The store also helps those outside of the referral system by offering store discounts from 50 to 90 percent off of store merchandise.
“This is the time of year we count our own blessings and, in turn, bestow those blessings upon those who need it the most. And that’s what the Shining Light does all year long.”