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The mission of Special Treasures is to help foster youth build the skills, assets and education they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.
Special Treasures is a non-profit workforce development program preparing youth for employment and ongoing education. The program functions through the modality of a specialty resale store that is supported by the community through monetary and merchandise donations, as well as community partnerships. Merchandise donations are sold in the store to finance on the job training and store operations. Special Treasures trains and develops youth who are currently in foster care or who have been in foster care in their past. The workforce development program was founded by the Children’s Homes of Iredell County, which is the main source of youth that attend and are trained through Special Treasures.