Thrift Store Volunteer Likes Giving Back To The Community



Relaxation is lost on Joann Moore. Despite having retired, she works six days a week with her husband Chance Nappier, hoping to give back to a community she describes as "just right."

"We enjoy people, we enjoy helping," she said. "I don't know if we'll ever retire."


Joann Moore

Moore and Nappier, married about a year, manage the Almost New Store, which raises money for the Mogollon Health Alliance by selling second-hand items.

The money is used to fund scholarships for students seeking higher education in the medical field; help rural fire departments; and to support a nursing program at Gila Community College in Payson.

"It's been worth it, it's for the good of the community," Chance said. "Every penny we raise here stays in Payson, the primary thing is that they are donating money."

Having spent a career as a caretaker for the disabled, Moore said the job was a natural fit, though she did need a little a prompting from her husband before becoming manager.

"I've been a caregiver, I know a lot of what people need to be taken care of ... [but] I wouldn't have done it without [Chance]," she said.

Moore has called Arizona home since birth, and she has done her share of traveling around the state, not content with staying in one place for long, she said. But, Payson seems to have wooed her; she doesn't see herself leaving the Rim country anytime soon.

"I've been here six years and I love it, I don't know where else I'd want to go," she said. "I want it just right and it's just right here."

The four seasons are certainly factors in making Payson and the surrounding area "just right" for Moore, but the people, she said, are the primary reason she sticks around.

"We love it here, both of us," she said. "The people here [are] more caring, more sharing."

Moore's love of people seems to be the driving force in her life, having chosen to open a restaurant and motel for just that reason in 1989, and also in large part, why she chose to take on the position at the Almost New Store.

Though Moore had originally signed up for only a year with the Alliance, she has stayed on, and she looks forward to working well into the future.

"As long as we're healthy, we'll do it as long as we can," she said. "With Chance and I together, we can do it."


Name: Joann Moore

Occupation: Manager of Almost New Shop

Employer: Mogollon Health Alliance

Age: 68

Birthplace: Coolidge, Ariz.

Family: A husband, four kids, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild

Personal motto: "Do the best you can do"

Inspiration: My teachers.

Greatest Feat: Owning and running a café and motel

Favorite Hobby or Leisure Activity: Hiking, dancing, travel

One word that describes me best: Motivated

I don't want to brag but: Working hard and accomplishing my goals

The person in history I'd most like to meet is: George Washington

Luxury defined: Being financially comfortable

Dream vacation spot: No spot, just traveling the U.S.

Why Payson? I've always wanted to live in the pines and in a small town atmosphere.

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