New threads for new beginnings
Remember that feeling of dressing up for a special occasion, it might have been a wedding, new job, birthday, or anniversary – carefully choosing clothes you truly felt great in. You can gift that joy and instil confidence to someone who for various reasons can’t afford new clothes through our life changing Thread Together program.
When the Thread Together mobile wardrobe program started in 2017 our aspirations were simple!
When Thread Together began, we aimed to provide brand new, quality clothing to people doing it tough, imparting a sense of dignity and hope for their future. Since then, we’ve been able to truly impact social and environmental change and touched lives in the most profound and inspiring way.
The clothes provide much more than physical comfort, often transforming a person’s outlook on life.
More than 10,000 South Australians have benefited from the Thread Together program to date. Fashion labels have made donations from more than 20 well known Australian retailers including The Iconic, Rivers, Millers and Bendon Lingerie; clothes which would otherwise have gone to landfill.
The mobility aspect of the Thread Together program has proved to be a godsend. It has enabled instant assistance directly to those needing emergency assistance including bushfire victims even those on Kangaroo Island.
We continue to innovate and are currently in talks to include a hairdresser or dental hygienist in the Thread Together vans further assisting those doing it tough.
Will you support the Thread Together vans to provide:
- A shot of confidence for a job seeker with an outfit to wear to an interview.
- An outfit, for a teenager who could never afford to buy one for their end of year school formal.
- Practical high visibility work wear for farmers rebuilding after the fires.
- A family with a couple of outfits for both parents and children who lost everything in the fires.
How your donation can make a real difference
Unlike most teens, Georgia’s worries were not about getting the perfect dress to wear to her school formal, if only life could be that simple! Georgia’s family had been referred to AnglicareSA’s Emergency Assistance. They had been simply surviving, unable to afford even the bare essentials; needing help to put food on the table, manage bills and even unable to pay rent needing emergency accommodation.
Georgia accepted the fact that her family had pressing problems and non essentials like a dress for her school formal or interview outfit were things she didn’t even dare to dream about. Her optimism and confidence were at an all time low.
Our front line staff in Emergency Assistance became aware that the family could do with a referral to Thread Together, to provide some much needed new clothes. In particular Georgia could benefit from an interview outfit to boost her confidence when attending an interview in the hope of securing a job.
The Thread team also realised Georgia’s year 12 formal was pending and her current clothes were ill fitting and thread bare. So many teens enjoy the thrill of selecting a special occasion outfit, but sadly this was something Georgia knew was completely out of her family’s reach.
Our skilled Thread Together team was able to help Georgia find an interview outfit with matching new shoes. Georgia felt buoyant, full of optimism for her job search. However, the best was yet to come……
A few phone calls later, three dresses in Georgia’s size, were being shipped to our North Adelaide Thread Together Hub boutique for Georgia to try on and choose a formal dress even in keeping with theme of Love is the Air – pink and red. In the blink of an eye a dream had been made possible.
So much more than a nice dress
Georgia’s exquisite outfit meant much more than just having a nice dress and going to a dance. It empowered her with one night to feel priceless, a rare chance to dare to dream.
The dress represented a shining beacon of hope, anticipation of opportunities ahead and
Georgia’s bubbly personality and positive attitude began to shine through. Georgina’s optimism continues as she looks for a job and it is this hopefulness that is so critical as she begins her job search.
This wouldn’t have happened without the optimism that the Thread Together program inspired in Georgina. It helped transform Georgia’s despair and lack of hope into excitement and confidence.
Circumstances and disadvantage shouldn’t prevent people from accessing clothing to allow them to realise their full potential. New clothing can help people restart their life or take their first step into their adulthood with confidence, dignity and hope. Especially clothes that they choose themselves.
Right now, our Thread Together program, along with our dedicated staff and volunteers, continue to help those in dire need including those experiencing homelessness, in long term unemployment and domestic violence.
Your donation towards the Thread Together mobile wardrobe program will not only have an immediate transformational impact on each and every individual we support, It will also contribute to an effective solution for the textile waste problem in Australia.
We have access to loads of brand-new designer clothes from more than 20 designer labels, and your donation will ensure our vans are fuelled and ready to hit the road.
Georgia went to her year 12 formal and has thrown herself into finding a job. She has hope for the future and the priceless memory of dancing at her school formal in a dress that reignited her confidence. We have hundreds more cases just like Georgia, who need immediate help.
*names and identities have been changed to protect privacy.