Lisa and Nicholas Tiller operate their new shop. (Photo by NICHOLE BENTZ)

By Nichole Bentz
Burns Times-Herald

Desert Dream Thrift Store opened Wednesday, July 11, on main street. Desert Dream, however, is not an everyday thrift store; it is a nonprofit organization that supports and provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Owner Lisa Tiller’s son Nicholas has autism, and this store has been a dream for Nicholas and others like him.

“My reason for opening the store is my son and others like him because there is nothing like this for people with developmental disabilities after high school,” said Tiller.

Working at the store with Nicholas are the high school life skills class and adults with development disabilities, and they will learn jobskills at Desert Dream year-round.

“Many people have helped me get the store started and I have recieved many gracious donations. I am excited to help contribute not only to people with developmental disabilities, but to the community, as well. This is going to be an awesome adventure,” said Tiller.

All items at Desert Dream are donated, and all donations are welcome.

There will be a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be coupon drawings. Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.



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