About Uncommon Threads
Empowering Women Through Style
Uncommon Threads takes a unique “outside-in/inside-out” approach to lifting women up by using clothes and style as tools for increasing self-worth. To access services clients must be low-income and referred by a social service or health professional. Their clients include domestic violence survivors, disabled women, female veterans, homeless women, women in recovery, and the elderly.
Clients receive a private styling session with one of their “volunteer stylists”. They learn their best styles and colors and how to dress to project a positive image. They receive up to four complete outfits. The goal is for women to feel nurtured, beautiful and confident by changing the way they view themselves and the way they are perceived by others. Although we can dress a woman for a job interview or the workplace, we can also style women who are not able to work due to emotional trauma, age or circumstances. We believe that all women deserve to feel beautiful.
The Dress to Impress Gala
The gala was held at Salvatore’s Function Room in Lawrence, MA with 200 people attending. The energy in this room was incredible. Susan Kanoff, founder of Uncommon Threads, has such an amazing, giving spirit. The first time I met her I felt like I had known her forever. I have also heard many people say the same. Her energy fuels this program and the women who enter there. She was very generous during her busy night to take a few minutes to do a facebook live with me, you can check it out here.
A gala like this is not an easy event to put together. There are many people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make all the magic happen. Most, also, give their time as volunteers. The impressive and giving sponsors for this years event were Chico’s, Soma, and Northshore Magazine. Not to mention the countless businesses that donated either to the silent auction, exclusive swag bags, or through a sponsorship.
Last year this event raised $46,000 for the program. They hoped to top it this year. And with all of the amazing silent auction items, paddle donations, and ticket sales, I will not be surprised one bit if they hit way above that goal!
Three of their beautiful speakers were women who came to Uncommon Threads in a time of need. The stories these women told were heartbreaking and inspiring. I may never again witness such strength in a human being as I saw tonight in these women. But these stories are told daily and lived daily. Which is why it is so important to reach more women and let them know there is a safe place where they will be welcomed and accepted for who they are.
So, while the gala was a huge success and a great night was had by all, let’s make sure we remember why. Empowering women who have not had the chance to feel empowered, or loved, or beautiful is a gift. And Uncommon Threads give this gift freely everyday.