Opening our doors
On Dec 1st, 2014 the doors to the INN FOR WOMEN – CHIC SECOND HAND BOUTIQUE were opened and a dream for Yvonne Hogenes, along with 2 other dear friends, became a reality! Yvonne, owner of Malary’s Fashion Network, has served on the board of SAS – Servants Anonymous Society of Surrey for the past 3 years and has a passion to serve the amazing young women that are working everyday to escape homelessness, addiction, and human exploitation. SAS has a home and school that welcomes the girls in with no time restrictions and assures them that grace abounds in this home! They are then incorporated into a comprehensive program to help them build life skills, discover who they truly are as women of great value, and encourage and assist them to become a strong and vibrant woman in their community and families.
There are always fi nancial challenges associated with sustaining this non profi t organization, and in November funds were very tight, so Yvonne decided to organize a Pop Up Designer store to open for one weekend and see what funds could be raised by selling gently used clothing and accessories. Within one week of requesting donations, there were enough clothes for a whole store! We opened for the weekend and with very little advertising we raised $1200! The desire and dream to have a chic second hand boutique become the social enterprise component of SAS to financially sustain it and raise the awareness now had to become a reality! Yvonne began to search for that perfect spot and in less than a week she found this quaint little spot right across the street from Malary’s in downtown Cloverdale to be available! That was defi nitely a sign and affi rmation that this was meant to be! With the help of many volunteers the store was painted and outfitted and ready for business in just 3 short weeks!
It has been 3 months since the doors were opened and the Inn (as it is affectionately called by many)has created a buzz in the community! Words like “designer like”, “warm and welcoming”, “amazing prices”, “feeds the soul”, and more! We have seen so much support from donations of women’s clothing and accessories, volunteers of all ages and occupations, regular shoppers and many referrals that we know we are here to stay and will be able to give back to SAS – www.sasurrey.ca and the women we serve in many ways over the year. Please come out to the store to shop, bring your donations, talk to us about volunteering, and leave your email with us or fi nd us on Facebook to learn of events and ways that your support is sustaining SAS
and our brave young women as they journey on to realize their full potential!
“A woman is the FULL CIRCLE. Within her is the
power to create, nurture, and transform.”