Anney’s Closet is a project of Soroptimist International Victoria Westshore (SIVW).

Handmade quilts donated for our girls

Handmade quilts donated for our girls

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, we’ve created a “free store” in a storage locker kindly donated by West Shore U-Lock.

Girls and women who are referred to us from  advocates at our partner social service agencies have the opportunity to select items from Anney’s Closet that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Volunteers work to sort and arrange donated items in the Closet, build relationships with social agencies and the community,  and help the visitors pick out items for their new home.

We also sell large pieces of furniture that have been donated to generate funds to operate Anney’s Closet as well as other SIVW programs and services.

Find out more about how we got started.

Who do we help?

We have developed a network of social workers, youth and family counselors, and school counselors who watch over girls living in foster care, those pregnant and parenting at a very young age, or women transitioning out of unsafe environments.

When girls sign a Youth Agreement or age out of the foster care system, they head out to begin life on their own. Often, they have no furniture, household items or “nice things” to set up their new place.

Youth advocates in our community help us to find girls who can benefit from a visit to Anney’s Closet. They arrange the visit and our volunteers help them to coordinate delivery of furniture to the girl’s new home.

Our advocate partners include:

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Care Home Parenting Program, Boys and Girls Club

Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health

Supported independent Living (SIL)

Victoria Women’s Transition House

Phoenix Human Services

School District 62

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Songhees Nation

Inter Tribal Health

Threshold Housing

Boys and Girls Club (Care Home Parenting Program)

Island Health (Best Babies)

Cridge Centre (Young Parents’ Outreach Program)

Beacon Community Services

Young Parents Support Network

Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund

Goldstream Food Bank