Safari Thrift Store, located at 6th and Peoria, is a social enterprise of ACC. The partnership provides support to refugees in a variety of ways: donated goods furnish newly-arrived refugees’ apartments, handmade products from our sewing program We Made This are sold with profits going to refugee artisans, and the store is used as a hands-on training environment for refugees, focusing on janitorial, cashiering and customer service skills. Safari Thrift also benefits the greater Denver community. Safari sells unique treasures, artwork, home decor and items from across the world. The store gladly accepts donations of gently-used clothes and household goods. Please visit the Donate page to learn more about how to support Safari Thrift.
738 Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80011
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
From 2005-2014, the Safari Thrift Training Program provided an eight week, 260 hour employment readiness training in a retail setting. Located in the Safari Thrift Store, this program offered participants the opportunity to train for either janitorial and maintenance or cashiering and retail employment. The multi-faceted curriculum included a duties-specific aspect for each of these two areas of employment. Another aspect of the curriculum focused on American styles of communication, dress and vocabulary. One major asset was the program's location within an actual business, a feature that allowed participants the direct application of classroom materials. Unfortunately, as of 2015, funding for this program was eliminated due to budget cuts. We currently operate more short-term trainings based on community demand.
GET READY FOR RETAIL
Get Ready for Retail is a training program designed to give youth hands-on experience in an active thrift store setting. Students are taught customer service, money-handling, cash register accuracy, merchandizing and workplace safety and loss prevention. Youth also receive personal job search support, helping them build confidence in their communication skills and teaching them job search basics.