Helping Women in Recovery by Distributing Clothing at No Cost
Fashionkind exists to support women in recovery, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost, assisted by caring and committed volunteers who offer personalized service and interaction.
Our mission is more than clothes – our committed volunteers provide personal service and uplifting interaction in a unique boutique-like atmosphere, focused on helping women arrive at a level of self-confidence that enables them to improve their lives and achieve independence. The increased self-esteem that comes from securing and maintaining employment not only helps individual women, but contributes to stable families, which, in turn, improves the viability and safety of our communities.
The foundation of everything we do is that every woman deserves the basics in life. We are able to provide a little light and fun in otherwise tough situations. Many clients have only the clothing on their backs…we remedy this! Through generous donations we make sure these women have what they need to reclaim their place in society.
Fashionkind accepts women’s clothing and accessories in excellent used condition. We need suits, skirts, blouses, pants, coats, jackets, casual clothing, medical scrubs, plus size, maternity, shoes, purses, watches, jewelry, accessories, new under garments, and unopened makeup. We do not accept stained clothing, t-shirts, corporate logo gear, underwear, sweatshirts, or anything you wouldn’t wear.
Our greatest asset is our volunteers. Please join us in making a difference in someone’s life. You can help sort clothing, be a personal shopper, raise funds, coordinate a donation drive, facilitate corporate & community outreach and much more.
The Store is filled with wonderful clothing, accessories, shoes and more for our clients that are currently in shelters or transitional programs. We open by appointment. Clients are qualified by their Case Workers. Our clients leave standing much straighter and prouder than when they walk in.
What We Do
Our boutique-like space sets it apart from other clothing closets. The space is decorated like a high-end boutique complete with ornate light fixtures and colorful walls. Positive quotes and art work can be found all around providing messages of inspiration and strength. The boutique displays are styled by volunteers allowing clients to see an outfit put together for an interview or work.
Our volunteers also make the space welcoming and inviting to the clients. Volunteers are trained to uphold our values which make the clients feel like they are shopping at Nordstrom rather than a “clothing closet”.
Unlike some career focused clothing providers, we also provide casual clothing as a majority of the women served only need “career apparel” for the interviews and many work or seek work in retail, hospitality and service industries. We serve women in recovery who need a new wardrobe for themselves after leaving their old lives behind.
Who We Serve
We partner with various local Referral Agency Partners who share a common mission of serving their communities by providing services that are connected through client referrals. We are proud to be recognized as valuable resource partner to these Referral Agency Partners which includes shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, medical facilities, group homes, schools, government agencies and faith based organizations all who send their eligible clients and residents to Fashionkind through the client’s case manager or social worker.
Who Is Eligible
Clients who are currently enrolled in various human services program are eligible to shop with us. This includes shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing, and many low-income job training programs. Please contact us to determine program eligibility.
The suggested criteria for eligibility is one or more of the following:
- An individual who has completed a rehabilitation program and is transitioning into the workforce.
- An individual who is a compliant resident of a group home, transitional housing or permanent supportive housing program or assistance medical facility.
- An individual experiencing an emergency or crisis that threatens their ability to maintain basic needs – food, clothing, and shelter.
- An individual enrolled in a Referral Agency Partners’ employment training or job readiness program.