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Shopping for Hope (ft. Jonathan Kreuyer)

AHFter Hours Podcast

April 25, 2022

16 minutes

Shopping for Hope (ft. Jonathan Kreuyer)

Jonathan Kreuyer shares lessons learned from AHF’s thrift stores with a mission.


Jonathan Kreuyer is the head of the AHF’s Out of the Closet operations. Out of the Closet is the AHF’s award-winning chain of thrift stores, which includes over 20 locations across seven states. $0.96 out of every dollar spent goes directly towards providing essential services such as AIDs testing and more to people who need them most.


[3:35] - Commitment to Quality

What sets Out of the Closet Apart

Jonathan speaks passionately about the commitment to providing genuinely high-quality products at every Out of the Closet location. Each store is well-stocked, clean, and filled with products that have been carefully screened to be in sellable condition. This is thanks in large part to the employees, each of whom is passionate about the work they do on a daily basis.

[5:21] - Hiring the Best & Helping Them Become Their Best

How Out of the Closet locations select staff

Out of the Closet’s prospective employees are interviewed on-site, because Jonathan says it’s important for them to get a sense of the type of work they’ve been doing. He says AHF also looks for people who are ambitious in their own lives— many have gone on to obtain PHDs, join the HR staff or pharmacy staff, and more. The goal is to have them for approximately nine months and send them on to their next opportunity at AHF or beyond.

[7:53] - The Employee Encyclopedia

Why AHF strives to retain long-term employees

Jonathan and everyone at AHF believes that the longer you keep an employee, the more they have to contribute to an organization. “That person is filled with information like an encyclopedia. When that person leaves, that encyclopedia goes. That’s a love of valuable information.”

[12:18] - Holistic Health

OTC’s growth in scope has mirrored AHF’s

As AHF has expanded its services to provide a more holistic approach to patient care and health, so has Out of the Closet. They give patients the ability to feel better in all ways, which will only enhance their care and well-being.


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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, operating in 45 countries globally. The mission? Providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

The AHFter Hours podcast is an official podcast of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in which host Lauren Hogan is joined by experts in a range of fields to educate, inform, and inspire listeners on topics that go far beyond medical information to cover leadership, creativity, and success. 

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Lauren Hogan is the Communications Manager for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has been working in a series of roles with the Foundation since 2016. She’s passionate about increasing the public visibility of AIDS, the Foundation's critical work, and how everyday people can help join the fight to make cutting-edge medicine, treatment, and support available for anyone who needs it.


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