"The PROP Shop is a lifesaver for our family from winter gear for my children to clothes and furniture."
In the early 2000s, a growing number of families in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen needed help to weather tough times. Families had nowhere to turn for clothing, dishes, towels, beds, dressers, and more. Eden Prairie and Chanhassen saw the largest increase in food shelf usage in Minnesota during this time period. Community members responded to this need by creating The PROP Shop, a nonprofit which would receive in-kind donations, give families basic items they need during difficult times, and operate a resale store to raise money for purchasing critical items such as socks and underwear. The PROP Shop opened in 2007 to support families in our community.
The PROP Shop's Family Services room has a private entrance where local families can receive clothing, housewares, and furniture free of charge. Many families visit while in crisis, for example, having experienced a fire, an illness, a job loss, or some other emergency. We help them get back on their feet with the basic clothing and household items they need. We have over 350 active volunteers from around the community, and we partner with local organizations to best serve the needs of our clients. Since we opened, we have had more than 3,700 volunteers and have helped more than 3,443 families (over 13,500 people) with basic household items. The PROP Shop has given out over 3,000 beds since 2007.
Thanks to all of our supporters, the PROP Shop is now helping an average of 300 families a month. In 2014, the PROP Shop purchased a nearby warehouse to increase its ability to serve families' furniture needs. The PROP Shop's furniture program increased more than 135% in one year with this new facility. We need your help to support local families during their times of need.
The PROP Shop operates its resale shop in Eden Prairie, MN. Funds from the resale store support the PROP Shop's programs and enable purchases of items such as socks, underwear, blankets, sheets, towels, beds, and more. While in-kind donations supply a large portion of items given to families, the most basic items are not donated insufficient supply to meet the need. Your support is needed to purchase these basic items for local families.
"The PROP Shop has helped my family in many ways. When we first moved to Eden Prairie, we had no beds, plates, towels, etc. I want to thank you for helping when there seemed like no way out. Thank you again, again, again."
"I appreciate all you have done for me and my family. When I first came here, I needed a lot of household items and clothing. They made sure I had everything I needed. If they didn't have it, they found it. Thank you."
Now we need your support to help more families with items they need. Please know how much your support is appreciated.
"The PROP Shop has been so amazing to my family. Everyone at one time or another goes through hard times. No one judges me and everyone is very understanding. PROP Shop helps me out those months I can't help myself. Thank you dearly."