The Real Reason Why We Promote Thrifting.
We get asked all the time why we spend so much time and effort promoting thrift shopping and local thrift stores here in Houston. Do we get paid or profit somehow from our efforts? The answer is no, at least not monetarily. The payment we receive runs much deeper than a few dollars in our pockets, it fills our hearts. Recently we were fortunate to be in the right place, at the right time and were able, through our thrifting contacts, to directly impact about 100 disadvantaged male teenagers here in Houston.
Jen and Pippa helping dress the young men in the Genesys Works program.
Thanks to a very generous donation from the Family Thrift Center stores here in Houston, we were able to provide professional interview clothing to 100 boys who are part of a summer internship program through Genesys Works, a non-profit group that aids in the training and placement of disadvantaged teens into school-year internship programs with major Fortune 500 companies here in Houston.
Family Thrift Center agreed to outfit all 100 boys in the program, something that has never happened before. Prior to our involvement with Genesys, these boys all struggled to come up with professional clothing for their interviews. The girls in the program are outfitted through “Dress for Success,” however, the Houston-area is lacking a program that outfits men in professional attire. Thanks to Family Thrift Center, we were able to collect clothing from their outlet stores to donate to the program. At Family Thrift Center outlet stores (four locations in Houston), each item starts at only $2.00 on Thursdays, then decreases daily down to just .25 on Wednesdays. We were able to help dress these young men with a navy blazer, khaki pants and a dress shirt for a mere $6.00 (all graciously donated by Family Thrift Center)! We were also fortunate enough to get to meet and personally fit several of the young men who are participating in the Genesys program. It was truly a special day for us as we saw the joy and pride on the boys’ faces when they were trying on their new sports coats.
We would also like to extend a very special thanks to Ruth Villatoro from TorosFilm.com for documenting our shopping and fitting day with a few of these inspiring young men. Focusing on human rights and social justice issues, Ruth Villatoro has used her extensive production knowledge and passion for truth to tell the stories of the underrepresented. Her journalistic drive has taken her from the dangerous slums of Africa, the human trafficking compounds in the United States and currently working on a project that rescues dogs from near death and into justice reformation program. Some of Ruth’s award-winning documentaries include:
- “The Cantinera” Human Trafficking filmed right here in Houston
- “Heel Documentary“. Rescued dogs from the “corridor of cruelty”, an area in Houston that is known as a dumping ground for abandoned and fighting bait dogs, placed into a rehabilitation program with boys on probation.
To say we are honored that Ms. Villatoro agreed to donate her time to documenting our project is an understatement. Thank you Ruth!
Filming with Genesys Works
Shopping for professional clothing for internship interviews
Each of these items start at only $2.00 @ Family Thrift Outlet Stores
Brooks Brothers Pants $2.00, Nordstrom Shirt $2.00 and Navy Blazer from Dillards $2.00
Family Thrift Outlet Store
12148 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034