Update: Soroptimist International of the TriCities has made the very difficult decision to close Bea's Kloset until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors, sponsors, and volunteers is always our highest priority and we continue to closely monitor the potential health concerns surrounding COVID-19, taking guidance from appropriate health advisory organizations. For up-to-date notifications, please refer to our Facebook page.
Bea's Kloset is a ‘free store’ for women and young girls transitioning to life on their own.
Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists and other donors, our recipients will be able to ‘shop for free’ for the household items they need.
Women and girls in our community can be referred to us from our partner social service agencies and have the opportunity to select items from Bea’s Kloset that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.
Who Do We Help?
There are many reasons a woman or girl may need to access Bea's Kloset. We have an established network of social workers and agencies, youth and family counsellors and school counsellors who watch over girls in foster care, girls pregnant or parenting at a young age, or women living in a recovery house.
When these women and girls age out of the foster care system, transition out of the recovery house, or are heading out to begin life on their own with their young children, Bea's Kloset will help them fill their new home with everyday essentials. Applicants must be referred to Bea's Kloset by one of our many partners.
On average, we have between 20-25 beneficiaries per month shop at our volunteer-run "Kloset."
How Can You Help?
Bea's Kloset relies 100% on donations from the community, other organizations and people like you. If you have items in excellent condition that you no longer need, help us fill our shelves by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment with one of our donation volunteers. We also hold scheduled donation days.
Your donation will help improve the lives of a woman or girl in our community.
Rule of Thumb to Follow
- If you wouldn’t want to receive it, or wouldn’t feel confident giving it as a re-gift in the condition it is now (not as it once was), it is not suitable for Bea’s Kloset.
- We happily accept cash and/or cheque contributions, as well.
Donation Items Needed
- Kitchen Garbage Cans
- Cutlery and Kitchen Utensils
- Pots and Pans
- Mixing Bowls and Cups
- Dish Drain Racks
- Small Kitchen Appliances
- Coffee Makers, Blenders, Toasters, Kettles
- Towels and Linens
- Flashlights and Lamps
- Small Chairs and Bookshelves
- Iron and Ironing Boards
- Extension Cords
- New Pillows
A Message From Bea
We are so excited about how much impact this project has had for women and girls in our community. We know how hard it can be financially to set up a living space and we wanted to give a hand up to some in our community to help make their new living spaces their home!
We are thrilled to receive your donations. We are looking for gently used, like-new household items to provide to the women and girls who visit Bea’s Kloset.
If we receive donations of items that aren’t in good condition, it costs us money to dispose of them to make room for suitable items. With a goal of helping several women/girls per month at Bea’s Kloset, we need to use our space and resources wisely.
If you do not have anything lying around to donate, you may wish to consider donating a new laundry basket filled with new household necessities like laundry and cleaning products, toilet brush, plastic wrap, foil, new towels, etc...
Thank you for understanding!