our mission

Support our Store, Support our Youth!

Youth being trained in the retail/customer Service portion of the St. Charles Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) program practice their newly learned skills within the St. Charles Furniture & Thrift store. The store leverages donated items to be resold, with proceeds benefiting the Youth Employment Services Program. The store also provides a retail environment for participants to train and work to gain and practice the essential skills needed for life-long employment. St. Charles Furniture & Thrift Resale store accepts donations of clothing, household items, furniture and other miscellaneous items and utilizes youth workers to work in all aspects of the store operations. Youth help to secure donations, clean and sort items, price, clean store areas and work with customers at all points of interactions wit the store (i.e. phone calls, customer service, working the register, etc.). The St. Charles Furniture & Thrift store is located at 8211 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53223.

The Y.E.S. Employment Program is a four-month, customized employment service designed to meet the needs of each participant seeking to enter the work force. While community employment is the ultimate goal, some participants may need additional time and support to learn new skills and prepare for a successful transition to community employment. Our on-the-job Training Program component provides the extra support and time needed for participants to ‘practice’ hard and soft skills required for various part-time, entry level jobs. The program includes hands-on paid training in industry specific tracks like custodial and retail/customer service.