About The World Vision Storehouse

The World Vision Storehouse network is comprised of six warehouses across the U.S. that receive corporate donations of new, top-quality goods made available to local community partners for distribution. Goods that are distributed include building materials, school supplies, personal care items, and clothing to over 2.2 million people in low-income communities annually.

World Vision started The Storehouse model in 1995. It stemmed from an idea from a Chicago builder who always had lots of new materials left over from large construction jobs. He also had a heart for the less fortunate in the inner city and wondered how he could put those two things together.

A partnership was developed with World Vision in Chicago, which procured a small warehouse and came up with "The Storehouse" name. The first managers of The Storehouse developed a plan to contact manufacturers in the building products industries to obtain discontinued products, overstocks, and other surplus merchandise to get it into the hands of people in the impoverished areas of the inner city to help improve their homes, churches, schools, and facilities.

The model used is not a handout. Requiring recipients to pay a handling fee enables recipients to keep their dignity while The Storehouse is able to generate funds to sustain itself and grow. World Vision, a highly respected nonprofit, non-governmental organization, now operates warehouses in six main field sites across the nation. In addition, World Vision has operated a Storehouse in Mississippi for three years following Hurricane Katrina to help the people and businesses in that area get back on their feet.

Companies who donate products receive a substantial tax deduction while at the same time open up valuable space in their warehouses for new products.

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