Family Promise, the network of dozens of Johnson City area churches helping homeless families with children get back on their feet, is opening a thrift store at the corner of West Watauga Avenue and Montgomery Street.

Set to open Monday, April 1, in Suite No. 2 at 215 W. Watauga, the store will help the ministry provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, transportation, food, case management, family mentoring and a host of other direct services to parents and kids in the Johnson City area in the direst of financial circumstances.

Alison Smith, operations director for Family Promise, said, “In addition to providing quality goods at low prices, the Family Promise Thrift Store provides an opportunity for people to learn more about our ministry and what we do.”

Since beginning work here in 2000 as the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Family Promise has assisted more than 400 families who were homeless and at risk of separation. The new store will help the ministry meet the need as that number continues to rise.

Store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteers and donations of new or gently used clothing, shoes, toys, housewares, bedding and other reusable items will be perpetually needed and gratefully welcomed.

The ministry asks that you remember the new Family Promise Thrift Store as you are cleaning out you are “cleaning your closets and drawers and discarding everything that doesn't bring you joy,” and is inviting everyone to stop in and shop.

For more information about the Family Promise ministry and the new store, call Smith at 423-202-7805.

Carver Recreation Center is inviting the community to a fashion show and spaghetti dinner to benefit the Pro-To Club Scholarship Fund for Science Hill High School students.

Set for Saturday night, April 13, the show will feature male, female and child models lined up by friends at the Crown Cutz and Premier Cosmetology academies on the runway in a full line of spring, summer, fall and winter clothing, shoes and accessories.

The Pro-To Club will be serving a dinner of spaghetti, salad, drinks and deserts. Local singers will perform during the show’s intermission. Door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $5 for children under age 12, $12 for adults or $75 for a table of eight, with all proceeds going to scholarships for local students

For more information or to reserve your tickets, call the recreation center at 461-8830.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.