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Two years ago, John Rush, 55, was estranged from his family and stuck in what he calls a “seven-year storm” of his own making. Bobby Taylor, also 55, said he “had no hope and didn’t know where to turn.”
Then the two men found the Durham Rescue Mission. And today, each is settled, sober and employed by the place that helped them get clean.
Taylor and Rush work for the nonprofit’s new thrift store, which opened Tuesday at 3900 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham.
Rush transports donated furniture to the nonprofit’s three thrift stores, and Taylor is a store supervisor.
Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission co-founder and CEO, said the nonprofit tries to employ participants in its programs whenever possible.
Of the 34 people the new store plans to employ, store manager Rich Carr estimates that 75 percent came from Durham Rescue Mission’s Victory Program, a one-year initiative that teaches participants money management and job-training skills.