In June 2018 Thread Together and St Vincent de Paul officially opened and launched their Thread Together Clothing Hub @ Vinnies. It was plan that had been brewing for some time…
To be precise, about 6 months ago, Thread Together Founder Andie Halas and thread Together CEO Greg Fisher spend some time with St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Barnie van Wyck. They spend a night out on patrol and together, they visited the various support hubs around Canberra. The incredible people that work withSt Vincent de Paul, the infrastructure around them and the tireless work that was being doing to help people doing it though impressed Andie and Greg immensely. Seeing the passion and the dignity afforded to those who are being helped closely align with the that vision led Andie to start Thread Together.
Dignity at the core of our work
Testament to the two parties joint determination to ensure dignity is at the core of our work is the newly opened Thread Together Clothing Hub @Vinnies. A place that will not only service all the support services under St Vincent de Paul, but all charities in the area who have clients they feel would benefit from a visit here. Families, new to our country, people just leaving jail, those who are going for a new job, people experiencing homelessness and so many others, coming here, being warmly greeted by fabulous volunteers. They will be getting a full wardrobe of clothes, perhaps a haircut over there, and some play time with the toy corner.
The next generation of givers
The Hub will be welcoming the wider community through corporate team building and school leadership programs. Through these programs more people and importantly the next generation, will learn of the importance of giving back and creating a kinder, more caring, open and inclusive society.
Federal ministers praise for Clothing Hub
The Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg spoke at the launch showing his support for the new service to Canberra. He praised the two organisations for their collaboration “and the work (they) are doing for the betterment and health of our community and our environment”.
“The fashion industry has really come on board with this,” Ms Halas tells The Australian.
“They all want to do something more responsible with their excess clothing. And I love being in partnership with a powerhouse like St Vincent de Paul — just to watch how their people work on the ground, they’re so dedicated and do everything they can to make it a little bit more dignified for everyone.”
Surplus stock for those in need
A variety of brands and retailers including Camilla and Marc, Cue, Flair Industries, General Pants and Minihaha donate their new but surplus stock to those in need. People escaping domestic violence, those recently released from jail, the homeless, refugees or those re-entering the workforce. People who are doing it though can be dressed in brand-new clothes that are appropriate to their particular circumstances.
Thread Together Clothing Hub @Vinnie’s is set up like a store where people with a referral can choose their own items in a supportive environment and even get a haircut.
Mr Frydenberg said that it was about more than “just handing over a piece of clothing … it’s about the impact it’s having on people’s dignity and self-esteem”.