Abilities Richmond
Our History

Tami Johnson held a dream for her son, Matt.  The dream was that this young adult with Down’s Syndrome would find work experiences which would further his self respect and independence.


When Matt graduated from high school, Tami plunged in by checking out local work environments for the disabled herself.  At one venue, she worked there three months before quitting in disgust.  Another work venture did not end well, either.  Tami was disappointed by the way the disabled were treated with uncaring attitudes and outright disrespect.  Tami believed she could do better.


For several years, while holding down other jobs, from office manager to substitute teacher, Tami researched the idea of opening a thrift store.  She gathered support and donations.  In November 2009, the Abilities Thrift Store became the tangible component of Tami’s dream for Matt.  The wonderful element of this one mother’s gift is that so many other disabled youth and young adults now share daily in a work experience where they are respected and challenged.


New Location
Abilities Thrift Store
220 S. 5th Street 
Richmond, IN 47374

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