Canadian Footwear helps people put a good foot forward at John Howard Society
The John Howard Society (JHS) hosted a grand opening reception for their new We Fit You Closet last week, and the reviews are in.
“I’m thrilled. The guys feel like they’re shopping,” said Charlie Medd, who volunteers with clients visiting the closet to get much-needed clothes and shoes to help them step back into life feeling good about themselves.
The new closet is spacious and has natural light, while the old space was dark, cramped and located inconveniently at the back of the JHS building.
Canadian Footwear co-owner Brian Scharfstein designed and provided paint and shelving for the clothing closet.
“He’s been a big supporter of the clothing closet for years,” said John Hutton, executive director of JHS, adding that Canadian Footwear provides new and donated shoes that are cleaned and fixed with new laces and insoles.
The John Howard Society, a United Way agency partner, works with men who have been involved in the criminal justice system to help them re-integrate into society.
Brian said his goal in helping design and build the new clothing closet was to return self-esteem to people starting over.
“We wanted to make it feel like a boutique – make people feel good. It’s all about dignity,” he said.
“People who require a second chance is something we support.”
The John Howard Society is always looking for donations of gently-used clothing for men, including jeans, sweaters, and work boots. If you would like to organize a United Way Collection Drive for the We Fit You Closet at your workplace, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-477-5360.