The Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic founded in 1968 has been a long-time Silver Lake fixture. The clinic’s thrift store – dubbed Berda of Paradise -has also been around for many years, helping to support the center by selling used and vintage items from a nearby mini mall since 1996. Budget cuts forced the center to reduce the size of Berda Paradise. The thrift store has remained in business but the opening of a Subway sandwich shop next door lead many people to think Berda of Paradise had closed, said clinic director Tacy Padua. On Friday, Berda of Paradise will hold a ceremony to remind residents that it remains open and to show off a refurbished interior as part of a three-day long block party and fundraiser involving many Silver Lake businesses. Many of the nearby Sunset Boulevard businesses will be holding raffles and events to benefit the clinic; some will even offer discounts to customers who make a donation
“The thrift store has been and still is an important source of revenue for basic clinic overhead expenses such as utilities, phones, required clinic insurance,” Padua said. “It truly keeps us going on a day to day basis!
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