“It wasn’t just the clothes. It was the whole experience,” reminisces Gloria, a one-time client and current volunteer at Uncommon Threads. “I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in, but the women here were so beautiful and amazing! One of the first things they asked me was what I wanted. I didn’t know what to say. I just desperately needed clothes. But they didn’t want to give me just anything. They wanted me to have the best!”
I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks. My self-esteem was through the roof!
Gloria fell on hard times when Polar Tec laid her off and her father passed away. Between the two of them, they paid ninety percent of the bills in the household. Stress and lack of money for food meant that Gloria lost a lot of weight. Although happy to have lost weight, it meant she had absolutely nothing to wear. “I had to choose between paying the mortgage and buying new clothes,” says Gloria. So, of course, new clothes were not possible.
This was where Uncommon Threads stepped in. Once Gloria was referred to the program, she set up an appointment to meet with her stylists. She was amazed at how compassionate and loving they were. “It was like they were my sisters!” Her stylists not only helped her put together beautiful outfits, they taught her how to choose clothes that complemented her figure. She now feels more confident in her ability to go into a store and come out with something that will make her look and feel great. “They gave me confidence, which I really didn’t have at that point,” she said.
Before this experience, Gloria said she would rather be stabbed than have to ask for help. She had to learn that you don’t have to do everything on your own. There were kind and loving people out there who wanted to help. “To the women here, I was just another woman who needed clothes. They didn’t need to know my whole story or why I was there. They didn’t care about where I worked, what my ethnicity was, or where I come from. They just saw me!”
Gloria speaks about the women of Uncommon Threads with a great deal of enthusiasm and admiration. “Susan (Kanoff) is the most amazing woman,” she says. “She is so kind and giving, even when she is going through difficulties herself.” Gloria says that you know how much everyone cares about you because they ask you to come back. “They said I should come back when the seasons change so I can get more clothes. I couldn’t believe it!”
All of this excitement about Uncommon Threads has led Gloria to become a volunteer herself. Now when she is out in the community and sees a woman in need, she makes sure they get a referral to come in and have their own styling session. The Uncommon Threads organization are lucky to have women like Gloria in our community.
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