Not Your Average Clothing Program
We take a unique “outside-in/inside-out” approach to lifting women up by using clothes and style as tools for increasing self-worth. To access services clients must be low-income and referred by a social service or health professional. Our clients include domestic violence survivors, disabled women, female veterans, homeless women, women in recovery, and the elderly.
Clients receive a private styling session with one of our “volunteer stylists” to learn their best styles and colors and how to dress to project a positive image. They receive up to four complete outfits for a suggested $10.00 donation to the program (easily waived if it is not affordable). Our goal is for women to feel nurtured, beautiful and confident by changing the way they view themselves and the way they are perceived by others. Although we can dress a woman for a job interview or the workplace, we can also style women who are not able to work due to emotional trauma, age or circumstances. We believe that all women deserve to feel beautiful.
Aligning with our mission to empower women, we also offer self-esteem focused workshops on topics such as beauty, stress management and self-exploration provide women with education as well as a way to connect with others.
We need your help to keep Uncommon Threads going and growing. You can read a few stories of how we are making an impact on women’s life’s here.
Please make your tax-deductible donation here.
Susan Kanoff Executive Director/Founder
Out of her passion for empowering women, Susan has combined her unique mix of experience and skills as a social worker, wardrobe stylist and style blogger to launch Uncommon Threads. Susan has dedicated over 23 years to helping low-income families move out of poverty through the HUD funded Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and has received numerous awards for her work including The YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, NAHRO awards for program innovation and a Massachusetts state citation for her dedication to supporting families.
Susan’s connections in the fashion world have been crucial to the program’s success. Her blog The Midlife Fashionista has been an important tool for attracting national attention to Uncommon Threads and for generating clothing donations, volunteers and media coverage.
Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from University of Massachusetts Amherst and lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband Richard. Susan’s motto is “kindness makes the world go round”.
Executive Director, FSMV
Women’s Empowerment Center
Uncommon Threads is grateful to our fiscal partner Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, an organization that nurtures and supports families.