In 2010 1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique was founded by Deborah J. Boulanger. Her vision was to serve women, especially those affected by domestic abuse.
The entire inventory of the Boutique, which includes women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, is received by donation. Many of the items in the inventory are designer brands and there is a lovely collection of classic couture. The Boutique occupies the first floor of an historic building, circa 1840s, and the inventory is contained within its 5,000 square foot area. It is currently being run by three part-time staff members, who receive small salaries, and volunteers.
Since its inception, Deborah and the staff of the Boutique have encouraged volunteerism in the community and we continue to welcome others with a heart for ministry. The programs supported and organized by 1st Hand Seconds are as follows:
- Mercy House
- Mercy’s Closet
- Benevolence Fund
- Specialized classes, self-defense, finance, etc..
- “Her Journey” A 15-week class for victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse
Mission Statement: “Mercy House International, Inc. is a Christ-centered, nonprofit ministry dedicated to the renewal of women and their children recovering from domestic abuse. We encourage the search for strength through a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe that the healing hand of God will minister and deliver them from bondage to freedom in the Father’s loving arms.”