SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KRON) — More than $21,000 in fines and citations — that’s price for a Santa Rosa non-profit that refuses to close its thrift stores.

“We have to take a stand in these situations we realize we’re defying the order we’re very clear about it but what we believe is that there is discrimination in these essential and non-essential businesses,” Dana Bryant said.

Bryant says the stores help to fund “Crossing the Jordan”, an organization designed to help people struggling with addiction, homelessness or incarceration.

Without the money the thrift stores bring in, their programs would crumble.

“What do you do? What do you do? We walk away, we walk away from all this and our people and we put them on the street? It doesn’t seem just and we’re just gonna stand,” Bryant said.

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