The Second Chance Shop, the thrift shop operated by The Friends of Matheny, Matheny’s auxiliary group, would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers, such as Gina Kalvin.
On June 30, 2010, Kalvin retired after 21 years as the Peapack-Gladstone, NJ, police secretary. The very next day, she received a phone call from Linda Horton, a member of Matheny’s Board of Trustees and the shop’s manager. Horton asked Kalvin to volunteer as a salesperson. Kalvin, a resident of Peapack, agreed.
Kalvin, shown here trying on one of the hats at the Second Chance Shop, works the first Wednesday of every month and most enjoys “seeing all the great things that come in and go out of here.” The shop raised $88,507 last year, which helps support Matheny’s programs and services.
Located adjacent to the Gladstone United Methodist Church on Jackson Avenue in Gladstone, the shop is open Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations in good condition are accepted on Mondays only.