Our Programs

Self-esteem Styling

Uncommon Threads provides an innovative outside-in/inside-out approach to helping women see and feel their true potential by combating negative self-image and actively engaging them to make physical and mental shifts.  Clients receive a personal styling session and up to four complete outfits, including shoes and accessories. They may return for additional sessions and services with an agency referral.

 

Session goals:

  • Use clothing and style as tools to help women reduce negative self-messaging, encourage self-love and acceptance, and counteract body image issues

  • Provide women with high-quality, properly fitting clothing to suit their lifestyle, needs, and personality.

  • Improve connections and reduce isolation by creating a community of supportive women

Workforce Styling

A professional look is essential when it comes to success in the workplace. The way one dresses can reflect on self-esteem, self-respect, creativity, confidence, organizational skills, judgment, and reliability.
Uncommon Threads offers styling sessions for low-income women who are actively seeking employment, interviewing, or currently working.

 

During each session, clients are coached on how to dress to project a professional image, educated on their best styles and colors, and taught how to mix and match pieces to maximize their wardrobe. Clients receive up to four versatile outfits (complete with shoes and accessories) and may return for additional services as needed.

We work with women who are referred by job training programs such as Lawrence Community Works, The Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Mass Rehab, and American Training.

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Women's Empowerment Center

The purpose of the Women’s Empowerment Center is to increase long-term self-esteem growth by educating and strengthening women through skill-building and self-exploration programming.  The Center also provides a supportive community where women can learn from each other and combat the feeling of isolation.

Clients are encouraged to attend monthly workshops and events such as overcoming obstacles, mind/body connection, healthy eating, self-expression through art, international potluck dinners, and holiday parties. Workshops are facilitated by professionals such as life coaches, therapists, and beauty experts who volunteer to share their expertise.

Bundle Up & Emergency Clothing

Our Bundle-Up program provides women with warm outerwear and winter essentials to keep them safe and warm during the cold weather. We also offer emergency clothing to women who have fled an abusive relationship or have experienced a fire, crisis, or natural disaster. During Hurricane Maria and the Columbia Gas explosions, Uncommon Threads was an important resource for those impacted by the disasters.

Uncommon Outlet

Uncommon Outlet is a new shopping experience for our existing clients that provides them with an opportunity to shop for quality apparel priced at just $2.00 per item! The response to the Outlet has been amazing! Our shoppers remarked how fabulous the inventory was and that they appreciated the chance to access extra clothing. Plus they love that their purchases support Uncommon Threads!  Large-scale clothing events expand the supportive community created at Uncommon Threads and ensure that excess inventory goes directly to those who need it. Women feel comfortable shopping in a warm and welcoming environment with volunteers on-hand to assist with selections. Clients can fill a large shopping bag with quality clothing, shoes and accessories for a $10 donation to the program.

Learn more about the impact these programs are having on the women in our community. We'd love for you to get involved!