Haven of Mercy Thrift Store property condemned, fire investigation ongoing

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 31, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Haven of Mercy Ministries is still waiting for fire marshals’ report on the Tuesday morning blaze that destroyed its thrift store on Broadway Street.

Ministry CEO and Pastor Grant Rockley said Friday the fire is still under investigation and he has not received any preliminary report on the cause.

In the meantime, Rockley said, the property has been condemned and workers and volunteers are not being allowed in to begin the cleanup and recovery.

“They’re still working on (the report). We would like to have it because we still don’t know what caused it and that’s a lot of our income down the tube.”

Rockley said the building was insured and the ministry has begun the search for another location to get the store back up and running.

According to Rockley, the store on Broadway generated about 60 percent of the revenue on which the Haven of Mercy’s men’s and women’s shelters, free dining room and other charitable programs depend.

Haven of Mercy Ministries also operates Thrift Shop at Boones Creek and its need for donations of sale items continues.

Donations of furniture, housewares and clothing and other new or good used items can be dropped off at the Boones Creek shop, just off Boones Creek Road at 1017 Quality Circle, or at the Haven of Mercy shelter at 123 W. Millard St. in downtown Johnson City. Pickup can be arranged by calling the shelter at 929-0616.

Monetary donations can be made at the Haven of Mercy Ministries website at www.havenofmercy.net or by mail to P.O. Box 5490, Johnson City, TN, 37602.