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When Monarch’s Behavioral Health office in Cary recently relocated to a larger location, another area non-profit agency benefitted from its large donation of office furnishings and accessories.

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) offers a two-year residential program for those recovering from substance abuse. While living in the residential program, TROSA clients may work at its moving company, landscaping company, thrift store, or internal departments. With more than 500 people currently in the program, there’s always a need to refresh the apartments they live in, says Jeff Stern, TROSA’s director of business operations.

Marilyn Jones, Monarch’s administrative team lead, was aware of what TROSA does and suggested Monarch consider making a donation to the organization.
“When we got an opportunity to get new furniture, we wanted to donate our furniture to them, “Jones says. “This was a nice opportunity for the two agencies to come together. It was a beautiful thing.”

Monarch recently moved from High House Road to Asheville Avenue, about five miles away, for much needed space to expand its thriving programs.

“We just outgrew the space we were in,” Jones says. “It worked out for everyone. It was a really awesome, win-win situation.”

“We do a lot of donation pick-ups through our moving company and our thrift store,” Stern says.

The store and donation center is located in a former Walmart and thus has plenty of space in the 100,000 square-foot building.

“Being a non-profit, we are always eager to receive donations,” Stern says. Some of the donated goods will be sold to allow TROSA to continue offering treatments to its clients free of charge, he adds.

Some of the furniture will also be used in the office areas, because vocational training is one of the cornerstones for the residential program, Stern notes. “We plan to refresh our campus regularly.”

When Stern joined TROSA five years ago, there were about 280 clients in the residential program. Today, he says, that number has almost doubled.

“We do get a lot of donations,” he says. “It’s great to get a donation from another organization that works on similar work that we do. It’s wonderful to form that relationship.”

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