Whom We Serve
Treasure House is a unique social enterprise organization. The sale of deeply discounted merchandise to any shopper provides about 73% of our operating revenue. Not only do shoppers feel good about finding notable brand bargains, but they know their purchases enable us to accomplish our mission of providing clothing for women in transition or crisis. It’s shopping with a mission!
We cater to Single Moms (and Sassy Seniors and Female Veterans). We have S.M.A.R.T. Cards (which stands for Single Moms Are Real Treasures) offering these demographics (Single Moms, Sassy Seniors 55+, and Female Veterans) HALF OFF their purchases during regular store hours. These three groups experience challenges that can drain their energy and resources – our S.M.A.R.T. Card rewards their challenged efforts!
We are the “closet” for agencies. We provide a specific need of clothing, but recognize that women experiencing crisis need more. We encourage them to connect with agencies to receive service leading to lasting empowerment. Through 60 agencies we distribute gift certificates for clothing at our shop. The agencies address needs are as diverse as the challenges that face the women they serve: homelessness, addiction, incarceration, unwed mothers, domestic violence, poverty, divorce care, health problems, unemployment, and natural disasters. If clothing donations are made directly to specific agencies, they often do not have the available space to store or display the merchandise. Working collaboratively, the agency can focus on their programs, and their clients have the dignity of “shopping” for what they like, as well as what they need at our facility.
We offer application of Life Skills. When clients come to our shop with gift certificates distributed through their respective agencies, they have the opportunity to “try out” the budgeting and decision making skills that have been taught in their respective programs. Their gift certificates are in increments of $30, but they are redeemed at HALF OFF – so the clients get a “bargain”, too! With gentle assistance from our volunteers, the clients choose clothing for their needs and personal taste within the limits of their resources which are provided at no expense to the individual or agency.
We provide a long-term resource. Even after clients have moved beyond their “crisis,” Treasure House Fashions is a viable resource of affordable clothing for any woman in our economically challenging times. Doing some “fashion treasure hunting” to find a personal bargain is rewarding and empowering. Since Treasure House Fashions is accessible to any woman, it does not have the stigma of being for the “needy”. Within our walls, our friendly shoppers exchange fashion advice and encouragement in a nurturing manner, regardless of their financial status!