Jimboomba is getting a new op shop, due to open on Monday September 5 – and the store could not be raising money for a better cause.

Defenders For Hope, which already has two other branches in Logan, uses its proceeds to support victims of domestic violence.

It provides hands-on help, too, giving out free necessities and treats to those in need.

The latest shop is set to be even more of an emergency relief centre, with co-founder Tomeeka Smith telling *PS Logan: “It’ll be half op shop, half food bank. It’ll be for anyone, not just people with concession cards.”

Smith, along with her mother Kathy Smith, sister Tina Daw and sister-in-law Elise Smith, set up their first op shop in Logan Village in June last year.

It was opened in memory of their family friend Doreen Langham, the Browns Plains woman who was murdered by her ex-partner. (See our story on the first op shop here.)

A second shop in Hillcrest followed, and on the weekend Smith picked up the keys to their newest outlet in Anders Street, Jimboomba.

Tomeeka Smith, left, and one of her co-founders, sister-in-law Elise Smith, at their shop in Logan Village

Its size means they will now be able to stock larger household items, as well as house a food bank.

Smith: “We really wanted somewhere where we could put all our furniture for our clients and for the general public.

"We're trying to have a few clothes and knick knacks as well."

The new location is where Smith grew up, so it is close to her heart, and she also knows that Jimboomba is lacking in these kind of services.

She said: “I’m very excited. It’s my hometown and it’s good to get back to Jimboomba and really help people there.”

  • The new Jimboomba store will be at u3/82 Anders Street, Jimboomba, and will be open Mondays to Saturdays from September 5, from 9am to 4pm.
    Defenders For Hope's other shops are at u6/10 Industrial Avenue, Logan Village, and 108 Anzac Ave, Hillcrest. For more information, for help or to donate see their website or their Facebook page.
  • To get help for domestic and family violence call the Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or visit the Respect website.