"...If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness..." ~ Isaiah 58:10
In the fall of 1986, a small group of concerned citizens and the Goodlettsville Ministerial Alliance began organizing the effort to provide a centralized location and agency to help those in the community needing assistance with food and finances. The Goodlettsville Help Center was established in March, 1987. All of the benevolent funds previously operating individually "pooled" their resources into funding the Help Center. These funds included the 10th District Welfare Fund (managed by Mr. Claude Garrett), Big Brothers, United Way, the Ministerial Alliance, and various other benevolent funds.
The Goodlettsville Help Center recruited Nelle Liggett as its first director and started operations out of a single room in Goodlettsville City Hall. After a few months, the Bank of Goodlettsville donated space for a new location; food could now be stored for distribution and better records maintained. The Help Center remained in the basement of the old Bank of Goodlettsville until 2000. At that time the Help Center purchased the current building at 108 Depot Street with room for the food pantry, administrative offices, and eventually classroom space for computer training and a thrift store that was doubled in size in 2007 through the generous remodeling done by Phillips Builders.
As the thrift store grew and became a more valuable source of funding, the decision was made in 2013 to lease a larger space and move the store to 600 S. Main Street in Goodlettsville Plaza. Treasure Hunters Thrift Store is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Goodlettsville Help Center.
With the relocation of the thrift store, additional space was gained at the 108 Depot Street property and an extensive remodeling project, provided by a generous donation, has been completed in 2017. Along with a great deal of work done on the entire building, this new renovation created a large 920sf of space that will be offered out for the general public to rent and provide added revenue for the many needs of the Goodlettsville Help Center.