In an article about poverty in India published several years ago, freelance journalist Gupta explained that "clothing and dignity go hand in hand."
While his observations of extreme poverty may not resonate for people in the Fox Cities, the sentiment does hold true that we can look within our community for resources to support and sustain people faced with economic adversity.
When you donate clothes at St. Vincent de Paul we make sure that everything goes back into our community: quality items are available to individuals identified by our community partners as needing extra support through vouchers--and they're also available for shoppers, whose money all goes back into programming. What we can't sell stays out of the landfill.
The right outfit doesn't fix a person's problems. It can, however, play a role in empowering an individual to feel stronger and more confident so that she or he can move toward self-sufficiency.