Why is a Free Store Important?
Delaware County is usually regarded as a wealthy county, but there are many families and individuals who live in poverty. At least 4.5% of the population, or 8,300 individuals, are below the poverty level. Many of these people are working hard, but there’s not enough income to make ends meet. At Common Ground Free Store, providing essentials like clothing and shoes, diapers and toiletries, and a nice hot meal, helps take some of the burden off so that they can use their income to pay their utility bills, rent, buy food, or gas.
Common Ground Free Store offers a place of community for the elderly, the lonely, and the weary, a place of respite for those without homes, and a warm and welcoming place for anyone regardless of their circumstances.