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.
Who do we help?
When girls sign a Youth Agreement or age out of the foster care system, they head out to begin life on their own. Same goes for women fleeing violence, domestic abuse or other unsafe living situations. Often, they have no furniture, household items or “nice things” to set up their new place.
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.
These advocates in our community help us to find girls and women 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 new home.