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Palatine Thrift Store OpensFree Access

Jackie Carrillo of the Palatine Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center.

Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center officially opened Monday, Aug. 1 at 275 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. A ribbon-cutting will be held by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce at noon Thursday, Aug. 4.

Volunteer help is needed. It takes 30-50 volunteers, high school age and over, to operate the Palatine store. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks such as accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise.

Volunteers are also needed in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Rebecca Stiemke at or by calling 815-345-9160.

Home of the Sparrow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides transitional shelter, housing, rental assistance, outreach and case management services to homeless women and children.

Proceeds support Home of the Sparrow’s mission “to provide Hope, Opportunity and Support to empower homeless women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.”

For a listing of services and store hours, visit or call 815-271-5444.


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