The Door’s monthly garage sale benefits at-risk youth beyond the shelter

Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 7:20 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - November is a month to celebrate many causes, but this month also recognizes National Youth Homeless Awareness Month. A non-profit in the heart of Fairbanks is advocating for at-risk youth stability 24/7.

A priority for Fairbanks Youth Advocates or F.Y.A is to provide at-risk youth ages 12-18 a safe place and resources. F.Y.A serves on average 120 residents per year at the facility they call The Door. Most often, the teens are homeless or a runaway from abusive domestic situations at home. On a typical day, the door provides clothing to the teen residents in crisis for free, but once a month F.Y.A. hosts, ‘The Door’s Garage Monthly Sale,’ which is open to the public. The Door Garage is a thrift store created from the excess of the gently used items donated by the community. The thrift store provides the at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life skills.

A volunteer of The Door and Fairbanks Youth Advocacy, Claudia Pierson, explained the process, “We ask them to come into work for a half-day shift. usually it’s two and a half to three hours, and we teach them retail skills. We teach them everything from counting money in their cash box when they get here to counting money when they leave, to customer service, greeting, and making sure they don’t have any questions about where certain items might be in this thrift store. All those things you’ll need to know as a beginner joining in the public as a retailer.”

Claudia also mentioned that she provides recommendations on their work performance which goes into their file and is used on an employment resume.

All proceeds raised will fund programs at The Door, such as one-on-one counseling and liaison to other organizations that help advocate for youth’s safety.

The Door Garage can be found at 112 10th Avenue. More information about The Door’s Monthly Garage Sale can be found on their Facebook page or at

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