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URBANA — Connections, the resale store operated by Courage Connection at Lincoln Square, will close June 30, the agency said.

Michael Ujcich, Courage Connection's development and outreach director, said the agency is closing the store to focus on its mission, which is providing services for survivors of domestic violence.

"While this is a sad time for our Connections staff and customers, it is necessary to continue to provide the highest quality in direct client services for those individuals facing domestic violence in our community," he said.

The store discontinued accepting donations of goods as of Wednesday.

A store-wide clearance sale is now underway to sell the merchandise and, eventually, the store fixtures.

Courage Connection will still accept donations of such items as personal-care, household-care and baby-care items at drop-off sites in the community. The locations of those sites, along with the agency's updated wish lists, will be provided soon, Ujcich said.

The thrift store first opened in 2008, and was formerly called Transitions.

In addition to selling donated items to the public, the store also served as a training site for Courage Connection clients to help them prepare to re-enter the workforce. Ujcich said the agency will continue that training elsewhere for its clients.


Debra Pressey is a reporter covering health care at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@DLPressey).