It is Tuesday morning at Jubilee’s boutique and smiling volunteers are busy setting out fresh-brewed coffee and pastries donated by Tully’s, arranging baskets of accessories and toiletries, and restocking racks with beautiful, high-quality, donated clothing and shoes in preparation for the the first clients at 10 a.m. It will be a busy day. Tuesday always is.
Jubilee’s boutique has become a vital resource for nearly 700 low-income women each year. Clients come from near and far to shop for everyday pieces, work wardrobes, church dresses, and more—all free.
I often hear from shoppers that what they love most about the boutique is the volunteers.
But it’s the “Tuesday Team” of volunteers who make these shopping experiences extra special. Betsy, Dianne, Stephanie, Kathy, and Liz have been volunteering together for years, and nearly every Tuesday they are the faces of Jubilee who greet each client. The women they serve—with dignity, respect, and kindness—come from difficult circumstances.
Most are experiencing homelessness or have been homeless. But that doesn’t matter here. The volunteers learn their clients’ names, sizes, the styles they like, and even their stories. Visitors leave with two full bags of clothing, a boost of confidence, and warm wishes.
Volunteer manager Naomi Von Dinklage says she often hears from shoppers that what they love most about the boutique is the volunteers. “They work really well as a team to find the perfect items for each woman—with a personal touch,” says Naomi. The volunteers will tell you it’s rewarding for them too. “These women have lived hard lives,” says Betsy. “They are such an inspiration.”
Other volunteers also help regularly in the boutique with sorting, steaming, and stocking. (Thank you Alisha, Domini, Joanne, Rebecca, Teresita, and Vicki!)