Boutique for the needy is in need


August 15, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BEAR-LY USED Boutique, a quaint little "store" in the heart of Taneytown that has helped many families in the past, is in need of donations.

The shop, started in 1985 by Gloria Szewczyk to help fund Carroll County Pregnancy Center, has become an entity in itself.

"On its own it's become a ministry to those in need," Szewczyk said. "I feel it gives people the dignity to pick out what they want."

Szewczyk said she started in a two-room building on Trevanion Road. She moved to 3 York St. in 1989.

"As the word grew, we grew," she said.

The idea was to offer counseling services for those with problem pregnancies. But nonprofit organizations need money to operate.

"We don't make a lot of money in the store, obviously," she said. "Not enough to pay for operating costs. Like any other business, we have to pay for our phone and our electric."

Unlike organizations that receive state funding, Bear-Ly Used Boutique and Carroll County Pregnancy Center rely on donations.

"We get no funding but a lot of referrals from all the county agencies," Szewczyk said.

Szewczyk says people who need clothes or other items can walk out of Bear-Ly Used Boutique with what they need.

"First we offer [items] to the public for a donation," she said. "That donation goes directly to the pregnancy center." But Szewczyk said that pregnant women or women with new babies are not the only beneficiaries.

"We've had clients who are now working and need clothing to start a new job," she added.

Phyllis McMullen, who helps run the boutique, said she estimates 75 clients a month are helped by the shop. About 50 clients a month receive counseling from the anti-abortion pregnancy center. If clients have no money to make a donation, they can volunteer.

"We're always in need of volunteers. We get good volunteers and then they get good jobs and leave us," Szewczyk said with a laugh.

McMullen said the groups also need diapers and formula. Anyone who wants to make a donation can leave items at the shop's back porch.

To help raise funds, the organizations are sponsoring a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Joseph's Hall.

Information: 410-756-4322.

Brush off

Taneytown will no longer take brush, leaves, branches or grass clippings. The town had accepted them and turned the mixture into mulch that was given to residents for free. The mulch service will be discontinued.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Musicon show

Grace United Church of Christ will present Musicon Ministries' new musical drama, Apartment 2C , at 7:30 p.m. today at the church at 49 W. Baltimore St. in Taneytown.

Youngsters from Connecticut who are performing the show throughout the Northeast make up the cast. Information: 410-756-2302.

Scouts reminder

Cub Scout Pack 459 will hold a recruiting meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren on Main and Church streets.

Pat Keeney, the den mother, said Scouts offer activities, arts and crafts, camping, games, hiking and leadership opportunities.

"But it also gives your son a sense of teamwork and belonging," Keeney said. "As a parent, it gives you an opportunity to see your child grow and interact with other boys."

Cub Scouting is for boys in first through fifth grade. Registration fee is $9 for boys and adults. Information: 410-775-2918.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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