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Misty Isley DeCaire and several volunteers were moving things around Friday to make room for more furniture at DeCaire’s new thrift shop off the Beeline. All proceeds will benefit a veterans shelter DeCaire started 20 years ago.

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Thrift shop benefiting veterans shelter opens off the Beeline

Twenty years ago, retired colonel Misti Isley DeCaire dreamed of opening a shelter for veterans and anyone else that needed a warm meal and place to rest. With Veterans Helping Veterans Ponderosa Manor, at 212 W. Wade Lane, she accomplished that goal, helping more than 6,000 veterans. Without any federal funding, DeCaire has relied strictly on donations to keep the shelter open. Many of those donations come in the form of goods; so many, that the once nursing home is swamped with furniture and households products. Two months ago, DeCaire opened Misti’s Solutions, a thrift store just off the Beeline Highway, south of Vita Mart, to sell some of those goods. Any profit is put back into Ponderosa Manor and helping veterans.

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