Kennedy Center Opens Trumbull Thrift Shop

Trumbull, CT — The Kennedy Center is excited to announce the opening of its second Palm & Able Thrift Shop located at 39 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull, CT. Palm & Able at 39 provides a larger retail space, not only selling but showcasing the overflow of generous new and gently used donations The Kennedy Center received from the community throughout the pandemic. Starting Tuesday, October 26, ‘Palm & Able at 39’ will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The Palm & Able flagship store (shown above), located at 874 Bridgeport Avenue in the Shelton Square Shopping Plaza, opened to the public in April 2020. The “Retail with a Purpose” shop supports employment opportunities for individuals of all abilities and features amazing, thrifted treasures including clothing, furniture, housewares, and holiday décor along with beautiful artwork by Kennedy Center artists, FDA-certified PPE and more!

“The Kennedy Center is excited to extend our Palm & Able store to a second location at 39 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull,” commented Valerie Reyher, Kennedy Center Vice President of Workforce Development & Social Enterprises. ‘Palm & Able at 39’ is an extension of our Shelton location housing many wonderful thrift finds. What’s unique about ‘39’ is the location also sells hundreds of gently used books which is sure to excite booklovers everywhere. ‘Palm & Able at 39’ is one of the many social enterprises that support hiring individuals with disabilities and breaking down barriers to employment.  We encourage every company, business owner and employer to make the commitment to hire individuals with disabilities as part of their operational standards.”  

Reyher added, “We love being a part of the Trumbull community and look forward to offering our neighbors and friends a great shopping experience. We believe in being socially responsible through resale and upcycling.  Shoppers outside our area and those who prefer to shop online can visit www.palmandable.com for great finds and to support our mission.  Happy Thrifting!”

The Palm & Able name is a nod to the abilities of the people The Kennedy Center supports. 70 years ago, founder Evelyn Kennedy, who lived on Palm Street in Bridgeport, started a movement for the development of services for individuals with intellectual and developmentally disabilities that would later become known as The Kennedy Center.

2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center. Since first opening in 1951, The Kennedy Center has remained steadfast in its mission of serving and creating opportunity for persons with disabilities through its Adult and Community Services, Workforce Development, and Social Enterprise divisions.  Today, The Kennedy Center provides services, supports and employment to more than 2,000 individuals annually in more than 110 communities throughout Connecticut and the State of New York.


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