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Thrift store wins Norman's annual Human Rights Award

ReRun Junction, a thrift store that employs developmentally disabled adults, won this year's Human Rights Award in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: December 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012
/articleid/3738362/1/pictures/1909958">Photo - George Keeton, program manager for Big Five community service projects, talks about ReRun Junction.
George Keeton, program manager for Big Five community service projects, talks about ReRun Junction.

Putnam said the store offers a lot of bargains, holding a $5 bag sale daily. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

About 21 adults with varying degrees of disability work at the store, Triplett said.

“Everyone has a job to do, and everyone takes pride in the job they do,” she said.

Triplett said she loves working in the store “because every day is different. No day is the same.”

Human Rights Commissioner Lisa Schmidt, who nominated the organization for the 2012 Human Rights Award, said the nonprofit store is a Big Five project of Oklahoma People First, a statewide advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities.

Disabled adults “want exactly what everyone wants: to support themselves, to be independent, and for their voices to be heard,” Schmidt said.

ReRun Junction allows many of them to accomplish these objectives, she said.

“We want to make an impact — a positive impact on the community,” said Lisa Eubanks, who helped accept the award at the city council meeting on behalf of ReRun Junction.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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