SAWYER — HCM Vintage Finds at 12816 Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer is a shop filled with all kinds of unique items – furniture, housewares, original art, books and records – even a Northern Illinois University football helmet from at least a few decades back.
But it’s so much more than that.
The HCM Vintage Finds store supports the activities of the Harbor Country Mission, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps those near poverty by creating a care network of home repair, home goods distribution, small appliances and life coaching.
Directors of Operations Dave and Hannah Heyn recently formed the nonprofit with the desire to provide a path for the poor of southern Berrien County to become contributors to the community.
“This is not just another antique store,” Dave Heyn said. “What’s unique about this store is all these items came from right here in Harbor Country and the proceeds are going back to help the people here in Harbor Country. That’s what’s powerful. The people that are running the counter are volunteers and they care about the poverty that’s here in this community.”
The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 3, during HCM Vintage Finds’ grand opening, which featured works by artist Kristen Elizabeth Winstead and a debut tasting of wines produced by the Whole Hearted Winery of South Lyon, which supports a program called Giving 360. Food was catered by Milda’s Corner Market.
Harbor Country Mission gives community members opportunities to serve those in need, targeting rural areas often overlooked by large service organizations and partnering with churches, businesses and individuals.
Dave Heyn said the organization is “on a mission to help people that are hurting here in Harbor Country.”
He gave credit to Linda Mangold of the…