Uncommon Threads launched three years ago in one small room at 60 Island Street with a big vision of empowering low-income women in the community.
The outpouring of support from YOU – our kind and generous community – is the primary reason for the program’s success! In just three short years, Uncommon Threads has served over 1400 women, including domestic violence survivors, disabled women, unemployed, elderly female veterans and the homeless. We have also expanded client services and opened a social enterprise called Uncommon Closet. Social workers report that a session at Uncommon Threads is better than therapy and 98% of our clients rate their self-esteem higher after a styling session.
“Uncommon Threads is all about giving women dignity, respect and self-worth”, says Founder/Executive Director Susan Kanoff. “However, the small space and single dressing area can only accommodate one client at a time causing a month-long wait for services.” Its limited capacity has not kept up with the demand for service. So…here’s the BIG news!
We are EXPANDING!
This month Uncommon Threads is more than doubling the size of the client boutique to improve the client experience! This will allow us to serve more clients and groups, provide private dressing areas and consolidate inventory into one room.
A generous anonymous donor has committed financial support to expand the physical space to serve more women with dignity and respect. We are beyond grateful for her contribution and excited for what’s in store for the program!
Our Extreme Makeover with Timberland
We are grateful to Timberland for choosing Uncommon Threads as a recipient of their Serv-a-palooza project and for giving Uncommon Threads an extreme makeover in ONE day!
This expansion will increase our reach and help fulfill our goal of serving more women in need. We expect to empower over 1,200 clients this year alone…doubling our impact!
Watch your email for a special edition of ‘Business With A Heart’ featuring the Timberland project including before and after photos of the new Client Boutique!
Expanded Uncommon Closet Store
And there is fabulous news for all you “guiltless shoppers”… Uncommon Closet, our social enterprise, is also expanding from one room to three, complete with two “real” dressing rooms!
Uncommon Closet supports Uncommon Threads through the sale of new and gently worn donated designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. We are so excited to have more room to showcase our gorgeous and very reasonably priced inventory, offer expanded hours, and a beautiful space to host private shopping parties. All with the goal of increasing revenue for the program to better serve our clients! So, come shop for a cause and think of us when you’re closet weeding. That Tory Burch handbag can purchase new underwear for our clients!
New Staff Members
A new boutique isn’t the only improvement clients will see.
Uncommon Threads is grateful to all of our dedicated and caring volunteers. We are lucky to have a community of women empowering other women! But as we grow, we also need staff to support our clients’ needs. We were lucky to have found 4 exceptional part-time staff members. Look for staff profiles in a future newsletters.
Realizing Our Vision
Three years ago our vision was to start a women’s empowerment program to improve self-esteem. We are proud of all we have accomplished in this short time and we are grateful to YOU for believing in and supporting the program!
“When a woman sees herself as strong and capable, she can move forward.”