The Post

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How can you help while supporting the POST Thrift Store?

July 24, 2018 - 1:31pm

How can you help make staff and volunteers’ jobs as easy as possible while supporting the POST Thrift Store?

Staff and volunteers recognize that their job in supporting a non-profit charity and doing the ‘dirty’ work means that there are good days and bad days. But there are days that we all shake our heads and look at each other and ask why? This is not just a POST Thrift Store issue it is an issue for thrift stores in general.

In the spirit of awareness we would like to outline the top 6 – please DO NOTS….

How is the POST Thrift Store Community Based?

June 13, 2018 - 2:19pm

The answer is a complex one, as the very existence of the POST Thrift Store is to generate revenue to ensure that Canadian Mental Health Association is able provide supports, education and programming to our community.  The store has evolved over the past 39 years and has always provided community supports in different ways as these changes have occurred.  The store is a supportive work environment, partners with work placement programs, provides materials to different programs in the city and works with many kinds of volunteers.

What is a Supported Work Environment?

May 22, 2018 - 8:52am

When the POST began operating in the 1980s, before an official sign could be installed at the front of the building, people were hesitant to enter the store premises because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Objectively, an individual would look at the store and only see a sign reading “Canadian Mental Health Association”. Some concerns were quoted to be that the store was run by people with ‘mental disorders’. It wasn’t until several years after its launch that the store uniquely identified itself as a supportive work environment.

The Post: A History

April 30, 2018 - 4:30pm

In 1979, the Board of Directors of Medicine Hat’s Canadian Mental Health Association began the groundwork for its very own second-hand store as a social enterprise. Ideally, the store was to be staffed almost completely by volunteers, with the exception of the store manager whose role would be overseen by the CMHA-ASER Executive Director. The idea of a paid manager never materialized, so a volunteer manager performed those duties. Operations would also be maintained by the Board of Directors. It was not until the new millennium that a staff member at The POST would be paid.