Closet Treasures Thrift Store (CT), a mission of the James Island Presbyterian Church & Foundation, is located in the Folly Road Shopping Center. Susan Forrest is usually the first person you will see…or hear when you enter the store.
Susan, 77 years young, has been a part-time employee of CT for fourteen (14) years. A former nurse at MUSC and an active member of Greater Bethel AME Church, she is involved in their weekly worship services, Bible study and senior ministry. Susan also is a part of her church mission team that visits patients or residents in area hospitals and long term care facilities each week as well as makes monthly visits to inmates of area, regional and state penitentiaries.
Although Susan’s job responsibilities at CT include greeting customers, receiving donations, and performing general housekeeping tasks, her real focus is customer service and ministry. When walking into the store, you almost immediately hear her infectious laughter. If you don’t hear her voice or see her smiling face and look around the store to find Susan, it is pretty common to see her sitting or kneeling in prayer with a customer.
People come to CT for all kinds of reasons: a mother purchasing clothes for a child, a new college student trying to find a bed frame & mattress, a collector looking for ‘a deal’, etc. But many people come to see Susan. To share a concern about a loved one in the hospital, to celebrate a healing, to seek advice and a listening ear, to pray together.
Susan knows her real job and calling at CT is to minister to and with people. Susan Forrest…a real blessing. The real deal!