Lake Zurich village board trustees have approved a temporary permit allowing House of Hope Resale so the charitable operation can open in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Monday night, the village board voted 5-0 in favor of granting a 90-day temporary special-use permit to Fidelity Group Ltd. Fidelity owns the Deerpath Commons mall on Rand Road where House of Hope is ready to open.
Plans call for House of Hope to open as soon as the village permit paperwork is finalized. A desire to be open for the Christmas shopping season was cited in the request for the temporary occupancy permit.
Volunteers placed final touches on the resale shop on Friday. Launched in 2001, money raised from the shop goes to the Project Hope ministry at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington and other charitable causes.
"We're looking forward to continuing to do business in this community and we're excited to be in Lake Zurich," said Marie Jochum, Hope Ministries director for St. Anne's.
For House of Hope Resale to stay at Deerpath Commons permanently, Fidelity must receive a special use permit allowing the sale of used merchandise at the mall. Fidelity will start with the advisory Lake Zurich planning and zoning commission.
Village board numbers, who get the final say on issues, would vote after receiving the planning and zoning commission's recommendation.
Lake Zurich officials said House of Hope would have to vacate Deerpath Commons if the permanent special-use permit were not granted.
House of Hope Resale uses its revenue to help local individuals and families in crisis. The store has moved to Lake Zurich after a 14-year run in Barrington. Known as an upscale resale shop, House of Hope's new space has been stocked wit Ethan Allen furniture selections, Christmas decorations, sporting goods, clothes and more.
Revenue from the merchandise sales goes toward St. Anne's effort to provide short-term emergency assistance to individuals or families suddenly in need.
That help includes food, transitioning a family from an abusive situation, money for utilities or even a mortgage payment.
House of Hope brought in enough money last year that allowed contributions to other organizations, including two from Palatine: Countryside Association for People With Disabilities and Journeys-The Road Home, which gives services and shelter to the homeless or those at risk in suburban Cook County