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.

Uncommon Threads is evolving into a “women’s center”. Monthly self-esteem focused workshops and groups provide women with information as well as a place to connect with other women (breaking the feeling of isolation). Future plans include a mentoring program (called Uncommon Friends), as well as stress management and beauty services.

Our new “Senior Style” program brings that boutique to women in nursing homes! Our first pilot with Nevin’s Nursing and Rehabilitation in Methuen was so successful that we will be expanding the program to other nursing facilities.

We need your help to keep Uncommon Threads going and growing. 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”.

Lysanne LaPierre

Assistant Director

Liz Sweeney

Executive Director, FSMV

Sabita Chopra

Operations Director

Eileen Dionisio


Gerry-Lynn Darcy

Advisory Board

Amy Finegold

Advisory Board

Terri Guenard

Advisory Board

Janet Kraus

Advisory Board

Laurie Liffman

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Mullard


Susan Howell


Ann Kazer


Marcia Valenti


Amy Ferraro


Kim Monahan


Jen Marin

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.