1956:  On July 9, Alaska Crippled Children’s Association, Inc. is incorporated as a statewide affiliate of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults.

1960: Mat-Su Valley group form local chapter of the statewide organization.

1961: Mat-Su Valley group incorporates under the name “Matanuska Valley Crippled Children’s Association, Inc.” on July 10.

1966: In October, the Alaska Crippled Children’s Association, Inc. votes to change its name to “Easter Seal Society for Alaska Crippled Children and Adults, Inc.” Christine Smith attends as a representative of the Matanuska Valley Chapter.

1969: The success of occasional fundraiser rummage sales expands into a thrift store call “White Elephant store”.  Led by Christine Smith, the store was operated out of a Quonset hut on property in downtown Wasilla.

1976: In September, Christine Smith resigns her position on the board of the Easter Seal Society for Alaska Crippled Children’s Association, Inc.

1978: White Elephant store ceases operations due to the lack of Christine Smith’s involvement.

1979: On June 19, both Easter Seal Society for Alaska Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. and the Matanuska Valley Crippled Children’s Association, Inc. were involuntarily dissolved by the Commissioner of Corporations for failure to file a 1977 annual report.

1980: ACCA board assists 12 families (fire related) 11 families with wheelchairs, donates 3 wheelchairs to the Pioneer Home and $1200.00 to the hospital for medical equipment.

1981: The White Elephant store generates $30,000 in store sales for the year. ACCA board donates $600 to Lion’s Club for eye wear. Board approves the purchase of two wheelchairs to loan out. Palmer Elks donates a hospital bed and wheelchair for loan.

1982: The White Elephant store provides the Women’s Resource Center and Health Clinic with clothing and merchandise at no cost. Between 1981 and 1982 store contributes $20,000 to Easter Seals.

1982: On January 20, Christine Smith executes a quitclaim deep conveying the property to the ACCA Business Trust.

1982: On January 20, Christine Smith executes a quitclaim deep conveying the property to the ACCA Business Trust.

1982: ACCA’s board president, Pat Newcomb, and Eva Holobinko travel to a statewide annual meeting in Fairbanks to submit a proposal for a loan of $100,000. A 5-year loan was granted at an interest rate of 7%. The money was used to build a new store to replace the Quonset hut. The new store will be called the Treasure Loft.

1983: On February 2nd the Treasure Loft Thrift store is officially opened for business.

1984: Treasure Loft Thrift store contributes $2,000 to Easter Seals between 1983 and 1984.

1986: The $100,000 loan building is paid in full.

1991: MVCCA, Inc. trust is incorporated and created to oversee thrift store operations and own property.

1992: Lawyer Mr. Bill Tull, sets up Mat-Valley Crippled Children and Adults (MVCCA) as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit to protect Olga Ward and Ellen Malone from tax complications. Ellen Malone and Olga Ward transfer ownership of the Treasure Loft land and property to MVCCA to complete the safeguard. A new board consisting of Bill Aube, Howard Bess, Ida McMahon is formed. Ellen Malone serves as the Treasure Loft director.

1993: MVCCA board issues Daybreak Inc. a grant for $2,400. MVCCA donates $1,000 to Mat-Su Special Olympics. MVCCA investigates sponsorship by VCC. After joint discussions both parties decide that the timing for a partner- ship is not advantageous to either party. Gaynell Johnston is hired as a part-time Executive Director for the Treas- ure Loft. Wheelchair loan demands are exceeding the supply.

1994: After careful consideration, the MVCCA board decides that they are not financially prepared to pay an Executive Director, so the position is suspended pending different financial circumstances.

1995: MVCCA Board applies for affiliation with the VCC. Board issues $2,700 to Mat-Su Special Olympics.

1996: MVCCA Board approaches Lutheran Social Services regarding the management of the Treasure Loft Thrift store.

1997: Lutheran Social Services of Alaska takes over management of the Treasure Loft in May and hires Diane Krauszer as the manager. Treasure Loft is operated with one full time and two part-time employees.

1998: Treasure Loft expands hours and is now open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Medical equipment

2000: A management contract discussion with Bill Scharrer (VRS) begins. Discussions of a new or second store are discussed too.

2001: Lutheran Social Services transfers’ management of the Treasure Loft to Valley Residential Services.

2002: The Treasure Loft moves to Nelsen Street location from original store location on 400 E. Herning. Nelsen Street Road construction in summer causes Treasure Loft sales to be down 50%. A partnership is pursued by Bill Sharrer with Mascot to lease a truck for furniture pickup.

2003: Treasure Loft hours are now 10 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Saturday. Original Treasure Loft thrift store (400 E. Heming) is leased for $2,300 per month as office space. The VCC agrees to compose a support letter acknowledging the Treasure Loft’s work as a Christian ministry in the Valley.

2004: Treasure Loft flooded with too many donations and “Not Accepting Donations” signs are used. Medical equipment care contract is developed and implemented. MVCCA board issues grant to Wasilla Food Pantry for $8,000.

2005: MVCCA Board contracts with Joel Johnson to develop a business plan for a future store. The management con- tract with VRS ends. Swan Employer Services contract begins with MVCCA. Treasure Loft receives a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart.

2006: MVCCA Board contracts with Kay Slack to update a business plan for future store. MVCCA Board issues $10,000 grant to the Wasilla Food Pantry for a truck.

2007: Treasure Loft opens at 501 E. Herning (next to Chimo Guns). MVCCA board develops a mission statement dur- ing January retreat: “MVCCA is a Christian organization providing opportunities, support and services to Valley individuals, families and organizations”. Kay Slack business plan is presented to the Board.

2008: In February, John Rozzi is hired as the CEO of MVCCA. MVCCA sells the original Treasure Loft store for $300K. The money is used to fund the new Treasure Loft location. On June 7th, the new Treasure Loft thrift store opens at the 400 N. Yenlo location. Rasmuson Grant of $469,000 awarded to Treasure Loft for building and equipment. MSHF grant of $59,000 awarded to Treasure Loft to purchase donation bins and box truck. The Old Treasure Loft

2009: In the summer, donation bins constructed by Palmer High School are placed in four Valley locations. A box truck is purchased, logoed and in service by spring. In mid-summer, the Treasure Loft and Hidden Treasures change name to turn-A-leaf thrift stores. MVCCA name is changed to Valley Charities, Inc. The Valley Charites, Inc. board completes new policies and procedures.

2010: Board renews mission statement: “Serving the Community”. Second store near Chimo Guns is closed; all merchandise s consolidated to the main store. Additional warehouse space is leased to handle the overwhelming amount of donations. turn-A-leaf is awarded a grant for $11,933 from Rasmuson to purchase equipment for the warehouse. turn-A-leaf is awarded a grand of $12,000 annually for the next two years from United Way to fund a handicap entrance to the store. The turn-A-leaf logo is US and Alaska trademarked. The Valley Charities, Inc. board agrees to a partnership with Alaska Community Foundation to manage the Valley Charities endowment.

2012: Valley Charities, Inc. becomes the fiscal agent for a $550,000 Homeless Assistance Grant through AHFC. Sev- en other agencies partner to help as many residents as possible.

2014: Valley Charities, Inc. role as the fiscal agent encompasses a $800,000 Homeless Assistance grant, $100,000 Emergency Solutions Grant and $100,000 AMTHA re-entry grant. Valley Charities Inc. uses 1300 square feet of the store to construct five offices and a conference room.

2015: Valley Charities, Inc. role as the fiscal agent grows both financially along with additional grants. $875,000 Homeless Assistance Grant, $87,000 Emergency Solutions Grant, $100,000 AMTHA re-entry coalition Grant, and $250,000 MSHF re-entry grant. All these grants involved partnerships with over eight social service agencies serving similar sub-populations.

2016 to 2018: Valley Charities, Inc. continues growing its role as fiscal agent totaling over $1.3 million in grant funding for the Mat-Su helping residents with Homeless Prevention and Re-entry services.

2019: Valley Charities, Inc. Board approves testing E-Commerce. New store manager, Jennifer Lee is hired. Governor cuts Housing Assistance funds drastically. Valley Charities, Inc. becomes fiscal agent for Mat-Su Coalition Housing and Homelessness Coordinator, Dave Rose.