Uncover the treasures

Step into the Inter-Faith Treasure House in Washougal, and you’ll see people hard at work. They’re sorting clothes, putting food on the shelves, arranging donations, answering phone calls, and helping thrift store customers.

Every person has a job to do, and they do it well, efficiently and with enthusiasm. And, amazingly enough, the people staffing the facility are doing all of this for absolutely no monetary compesation. They do it because they want to help the community, and filling their time doing worthy, meaningful work has its own rewards as well.

Leading the group is one of the Treasure House’s few paid employees, Executive Director Nancy Wilson, who has been at the helm for 14 years.

The need for this organization in our communities is demonstrated by the sheer number of people who utilize its services every year. Each month, the Treasure House helps feed 2,000 hungry people. That number alone is enough to stun, but when combined with the fact that this past year the Treasure House provided $995,000 in outreach to the community, including food boxes, rent and utility payment assistance, and other special programs, it’s overwhelming.

This organization needs and deserves continued support from the community. Without it, Camas and Washougal and many of its residents would be greatly impacted.

Saturday will provide the opportunity to find out more about how this non-profit organization works and what it offers. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 91 “C” St., in Washougal. Come discover what a gem the Treasure House is.

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