Nu2u Again is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month by dispensing two $10,000 checks to organizations within the Saline Area School district that work towards helping people with disabilities live happier and more fulfilling lives as independent adults.
Liberty School's Liberty Club and the Early Childhood Special Education program each received a $10,000 check to go towards their missions.
Liberty Club is a day program that meets Monday through Thursday at Liberty School where the needs of adults with disabilities, aged 26-and-up, are fulfilled year-round. The program provides field trips, teaches life and self-help skills, and provides volunteer work and social opportunities.
The Early Child Special Education program is focused on supporting those with disabilities at a very early age within the school system.
Lisa Rentschler and her son Connor represented Nu2u Again before the Saline Area Schools Board of Education Tuesday evening.
Rentschler praised ECSE for its early work with her son when he was roughly pre-school aged.
"Connor has thrived," Rentschler said. "We first got involved with Saline Schools when Connor was six months old and we started First Steps. Connor started in preschool class when he was two-and-a-half and at that point in time was called Early Childhood Developmental Disability."
Now Connor has his diploma and is working part-time at Nu2u Again in the media department.
Lisa said that she wanted to give back to two organizations that have given her family so much.
Nu2u Again, located at 1311 E. Michigan Ave., accepts donations of clothing, housewares, DVD, books, toys, games, jewelry, furniture, decorative items, shoes, and many more items with the only prohibited items being car seats, helmets, and beds or pillows.
The store also recycles clothing that is donated but isn't suitable for resale, which also raises money for the cause. A company pays Nu2u Again a certain amount of money per pound of clothing for recycling purposes.
For more information on Nu2u Again visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nu2u.again.
The original Nu2u store opened in support of Washtenaw Christian Academy. When the store closed, Rentschler and her partners decided to re-open the store in support of Saline Area Schools special education programs.