Donation Center Recycling Partnership

Connecting with the community and reducing waste are just two things we strive to do in the Sha’arim + Gateways Vocational Training Program. Our goal is to help our community grow in as many ways as possible and our mission of inclusion pairs well with our goal to remain environmentally sustainable! Sha’arim + Gateways is always looking for ways to reduce waste from community donations by finding new and creative ways to give items we can’t sell a new purpose. Sha’arim + Gateways trainees often use donated supplies to create beautiful and useful crafts including mask chains, dog toys and windchimes. We have also partnered with a number of organizations that help find new purposes for used items, including refugee resettlement programs, Dress for Success, and the Salvation Army. Another way we connect with the community is by donating used blankets to Underdog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue group dedicated to the rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless dogs and cats. 

We are excited to announce our newest partnership with Farmtown Books, a local Minnesota veteran owned and operated business whose goal is to, “Keep books out of landfills and put them back in the hands of readers!” Farmtown books collects the books that we are unable to sell and finds new homes for them. We are always looking for new ways to engage with the community and forge partnerships. 

Our Donation Center Manager, Shira with Devon from Farmtown Books