Almost everyone at some point or another has been in a gift or resale store. A Little Something, located at 205 Huron Ave. in Port Huron, is definitely not your average resale store, according to their website. For A Little Something, they do an awfully big something.
A Little Something is a non-profit organization that specializes in training people with some sort of barrier to employment to work in retail, and with time they help transfer and locate work for said people. They are run through Community Mental Health, an organization that works with psycho-social disabilities and diseases.
As stated by Sally Silorey, Manager and Employment Training Specialist at A Little Something, “The people we employ are just like everyone else. They are a paid employee, and do everything a normal employee does, the only difference being they work with a job coach. We help them find work here in the community. We average one transfer a month.
A Little Something takes donations, offers 20 percent off to college students with valid identification, and if someone purchases something too big to take home, we deliver for free. We have books, movies, games, home decor, furniture, gifts and a candy store. Ninety percent of what we offer here is not available anywhere else in Port Huron, as we try to be unique.”
Kassie Piotrowski, a Job Coach at the store, said, “I teach employees register skills, how to greet customers, do inventory, basic retail skills. I try to keep them busy. I like it here a lot. It’s a much more hands on approach to what CMH does. Much more hands on, and much more fun. I get to see things from their eyes, and communicate with them on a much more personal basis. Some employees were afraid to walk up and greet customers when I started in June, and now they do so without anyone having to say anything. They learn instead of being told here. Our atmosphere here is always fun, busy and upbeat!”
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Though currently closed Sundays, Silorey indicated that would change sometime in March. They can be contacted at 1-810-479-9047.