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Money Monday: Frances Center Thrift Store expands and holds Christmas sale

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Frances Center Thrift Store at 14747 Terrell Road in Baton Rouge is expanding its services and is having a huge Christmas sale.

Dr. Jo Monroe, the founder and director of the nonprofit, said the new addition coming in January will be in the old Woodburners Inc. building on O'Neal Lane.

"We're growing every day," Dr. Monroe said. "Probably the biggest amount of growth we've seen is among the people, the customers that come in and their recognition of the fact that it is the people here doing the work."

Entrepreneurs with intellectual or developmental disabilities repurpose donated items inside the nonprofit's thrift store. Monroe said the Frances Center's environment promotes creative thinking. For example, Nate Hausmann, who has autism, just wrote and illustrated a book in English and Hebrew for children.

"Miss Jo's the one who encouraged me about entrepreneurship," Hausmann said.

Monroe added there are plenty of brand new and repurposed Christmas items for sale in the thrift store that are already at a clearance price. She said the prices will dip even lower each day closer to December 25.

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