We Are Here to
serve the community
Holding Hands Resale Shop, located in Oxford, Mississippi, has been serving the community since our founding in 2013. We strive to provide opportunities for those in need in our community by offering employment to people with mental illnesses and disabilities.
What We Do
Holding Hands Resale Shop’s mission is to provide our employees a safe place to work where they are comfortable and can succeed while feeling good about themselves.
How It all started
From our Founder, Donna Howard:
Thirty years ago at the age of fifteen, my daughter was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia. Finding & keeping a job was part of the challenge of this disease. Few people understand mental illness or are willing to employ people with that diagnosis. In January 2013 I opened Holding Hands Resale Shop with the mission to provide jobs for persons living with mental illness. Years later we are still in business and have been able to employ many people. To sustain our mission we take in donations of furniture, clothing, and household items and resale these items. All the income that is made is used to pay employees and maintain the store. Every cent is kept in Lafayette. While keeping true to our mission, we are able to provide low prices on high-quality merchandise which is helpful to those on a fixed or below poverty level income. We would like to thank the people of Oxford and Lafayette County for your support both through monetary and kind donations. We appreciate your support so that we may continue to provide jobs for those who might otherwise not be able to find work. Please follow us on Facebook. Donations may be made through Venmo.
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What they've said about us
Holding Hands Resale Shop employs persons living with mental illness in a safe work environment, in hopes of helping them to achieve independence & self-respect. Each employee is provided specialized training to their unique abilities ensuring a high level of success and accomplishment.
Founder & Executive Director
Donna Howard is the founder of Holding Hands Resale Shop. She retired from a full-time radiology career to begin a non-profit thrift store to give her daughter, who has paranoid schizophrenia, a job. Donna had a desire to provide jobs for mentally ill individuals in a safe work environment where they could reach their greatest potential. Holding Hands has been a blessing to the Lafayette-Oxford-University Community and to the employees that it has served. She is quick to give all the credit to the Lord who has made it all possible.