AN Aladdin’s cave of goodies is hidden behind a local church.
The House of Hope op shop was once part of the Old Rectory at the Church of the Way, Coodanup, but two years ago, the rectory was set on fire and burned to the ground.
But the op shop rose from the ashes and earlier this year, re-opened its doors and is now housed in a big demountable at the rear of the church.
Inside, the building overflows with items for sale.
The church has a two-year lease on the premises while plans are moving forward for a new complex that will include an op shop and community centre.
Co-manager Vivian Carter said the community response had been amazing, with two storage sheds at Barragup full of donations.
“When the op shop burned down, people were devastated and we saw some crying on television,’’ she said.
“Many people rely on us and for those who are really struggling, we offer hope.
“Some people come to our church who have lost everything and we can supply clothes, toys, furniture – just about anything,”‘
Bread is also always available.
“People just ask us if we need anything and one offer of 1000 coat hangers was very gratefully accepted.”
Co-manager Barry Hayman collects donations and travels as far afield as Harvey for furniture.
He once brought back the contents of a closed house that had not been touched in 30 years.
The House of Hope is more than just an op shop.
“We have the freedom to listen to problems over a cuppa and refer people to different agencies,’’ Ms Carter said.
“Its a joy to be here.”
The House of Hope op shop is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm.
It has about 20 volunteers but needs more.
Call 0476 278 429.