Melissa’s Hope Chest

Melissa’s Hope Chest

Melissa’s Hope Chest is a thrift store that offers hope and security to victims and survivors of domestic violence.  All profits from the store go directly to Family Crisis Centers to serve victims living in our communities. 

You can always find a large selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, household items, décor and much more.  Inventory changes daily – stop by and shop sometime!  The store is located in Sioux Center, IA at 1769 1st Ave SW. 

Melissa’s Hope Chest depends on donations to keep the store running and successful.  Donations are accepted year round at the rear of the building.  There are some things that MHC does not accept which includes:

  • Stuffed Animals
  • Encyclopedias/Magazines/Papers
  • Textbooks
  • Expired Car Seats
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Paints/Used Cleaners
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Used Make-Up/Toiletries/Hair Items
  • TVs/Computers/Printers
  • Outdated Electronics
  • Any Broken Items
  • Wire Hangers
  • Used Mini Blinds

Volunteers are always welcome!  Help is needed with sorting and stocking.  If you’re interested in volunteering at Melissa’s, contact Joan at 712.722.4488 or email

Store Phone Number | 712.722.4488

Store Hours:
Monday-Friday| 10a-5p
Saturday| 10a-4p
Sunday| Closed

Drop-Off Hours:
Monday-Saturday| 9a-4p
Sunday| Closed

Melissa’s Story

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Melissa was abducted, brutally beaten, molested, and left to die in an abandoned car.  Thanksgiving morning Melissa's family awoke in a trauma center where Melissa was fighting for her life.  The smell of turkey roasting in the cafeteria lingered down the hallways; it was their only sense of reality during this tragedy.  Four days later, Melissa was released from the trauma center.

Today Melissa is a well-adjusted, wonderful young lady who strives to make the lives of others more enjoyable and pleasurable. Please join Melissa in the mission of providing needed services and aid to children and adults suffering from domestic violence.  Help prevent children from enduring pain and suffering.  Together we can make a difference.