Shopping at Arc Thrift is about more than finding bargains. Customers are also supporting programs that benefit people with disabilities.

You’ll find her on any given day just inside the door to JCRS Arc Thrift Store in Lakewood. Lorraine Espinoza offers each customer a big smile and a hello when they enter. She also tells them what’s on sale. “White tags are half-price today,” she informed a mom and daughter on a recent afternoon.

What separates Espinoza, 48, from the greeter you might find in another store is that she is in a wheelchair and has a voice that catches due to her struggle to breathe. She has cerebral palsy and asthma, conditions that have required multiple surgeries and endless patience on her part.

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