Boutique Reaches Major Milestone on Mission to Help Abuse Victims Video #####IMG000000001#####
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There’s a unique clothing store that’s in the business of helping others. The shop is on a mission, and just reached a major milestone along the way.
At Echo Women’s Clothing Boutique in Stroudsburg you’ll find gently used blouses, bottoms, beads, bags and belts.
Every dollar from every sale goes to Women’s Resources of Monroe County.
“It supports our programs and services and directly enables us to help victims of sexual and domestic violence,” explains Lauren Peterson, Executive Director, Women’s Resources of Monroe County.
Tucked away on Ann Street, the small thrift shop has reached a big milestone. After a decade, it has raised more than $500,000 dollars.
“To reach $500,000 dollars in over ten years is an amazing achievement for an organization and a store of this size,” Peterson smiles.
All volunteers run Echo six days a week, and everything they sell is donated. Many items are name brand, some with tags still attached.
“I’ve been shopping here for years since it opened, so I figured I would start volunteering. It’s a great sisterhood,” says Julie Donovan, volunteer.
Some clients who rely on Women’s Resources are given vouchers so they can shop for everyday clothes or business attire for job interviews.
Volunteers say the transformation is undeniable.
“They come in down trodden. When they leave, they have a smile on their face,” says Sonia Martin, volunteer.
A new outfit, creating new opportunities for abuse victims.
Echo is always looking for volunteers and in-season donations.