Ten years ago, Giving Hope Thrift Store owner Marc Marois was on top of the world. A successful Realtor living in a big, beautiful five-bedroom home on three acres of land, he was doing so well he had a boat, motor home and three cars. By all appearances,... read more

Nearly a year ago, my family was forced from our home with very little warning. The home we were renting was in foreclosure and we didn’t know it. We have spent the past year living in a hotel with our 3 young children. We struggled to pay for our r... read more

Since the inception of Giving Hope Thrift Store, Marc Marois has done a great deal to give people hope. That hope has come in the form of free furniture, toys for children, and clothes. Marc’s mission through Giving Hope Thrift Store is to give unse... read more

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 NIV) Every day we meet people in deep need, still suffering from the Great Recession of 2008 –... read more

From Nokomis to North Port, more than 100 children and their families are homeless, victims of an imperfect assistance system. As these families attempt to dig themselves out of a hole, that much needed assistance is being taken away, putting them into an... read more