Bud’s Warehouse: Changing Lives Through Home Improvement Stuff

Did you know that every time you shop or donate at Bud’s Warehouse you’re directly helping the community? It’s true! Bud’s is a non-profit job-training program funded by sales of new and lightly used building materials donated to the organization. Our faith-based mission is to employ and job-train individuals rebuilding lives from homelessness, addiction and prison through our career and life-skill development program.

All of our program employees at Bud’s Warehouse are facing significant barriers to finding work, including criminal backgrounds, substance abuse or unstable housing situations. Bud’s employees receive vocational and soft-skills trainings while on the job for six months to a year and then after successfully completing the program transition to employment in the community.

Before the store opens in the morning the staff attends training sessions on a variety of different skill building topics including customer service, workplace skills, computer education and job readiness development. Employees are also assisted with resume preparation, job search skills and interviewing tips. Our goal is that every Bud’s Warehouse employee is qualified to transition into full-time, long-term employment at a living wage. This reduces the need for community assistance while also decreasing the likelihood of a return to prison.

We’ve had over 230 participants at different levels in our training program during the ‘09-’10 fiscal year. Some of our employees are hired directly by Bud’s and others come from a variety of sources. We partner with several county job training programs, transitional housing organizations, and many TANF and community service programs.

Besides supporting employment and job training, extra revenues from Bud’s Warehouse go to the creation of new ventures that employ individuals rebuilding lives. Bud’s has been instrumental in the creation and incubation of several other faith venture businesses including Baby Bud’s, Freedom Cleaning Services and Good Neighbor Garage.

Bud’s Warehouse recycles and sells to the public usable building materials not accepted by regular thrift stores.  Area home owners, builders, re-modelers, and suppliers seeking to keep new and used home improvement materials out of the landfill support the organization. Bud’s offers kitchen cabinets, appliances, carpet, hardware, light fixtures, windows, bathtubs, sinks, furniture, and many other building materials.

For more information or to donate tax deductible building supplies, call (303) 296-3990. Bud’s Warehouse is open Monday though Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.