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Love INC finds perfect fit for Career Boutique

Three charity groups have collaborated to find a new home for the Career Boutique, a program that provides low-income women with work and career attire.

Love INC of the Greater Livingston County, Living Stone Church of Brighton and LACASA partnered to create a smooth transition for the Career Boutique, offered by the former Family Resource Center (FRC) since 1995.

When LACASA merged with the Family Resource Center last December, Love INC was asked if they could carry on this much-needed service for area women. Love INC accepted the challenge and found a perfect fit with Living Stone Church, one of their partner-churches.

“This is an example of true collaboration between Love INC and agencies that help individuals in need move forward with their lives,” said Katherine Janego, Executive Director of Love INC. “We are pleased that Living Stone Church had the generosity, space and commitment to carry on this 17-year-old program.”

The new Career Boutique is now open. Women in need of clothing are asked to make a “boutique appointment” by calling Love INC at 517-552-3620. All clothing is provided at no charge.

The public is invited to donate gently used work attire for women of all ages and sizes. This continues a tradition in our county of women sharing with other women to enhance independence and self-sufficiency.

“Many women who work in retail and restaurant environments need dark or khaki pants and nice shirts and blouses,” said Polly Mallory, former director of the FRC and now Early Childhood Development Director for LACASA. “While some women still wear suits to work, the trend is on women wearing separates.”

Donations may be dropped off at Love INC, 820 E Grand River, Howell, MI  48843, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional donation information, call the Love INC Clearinghouse at 517-552-3620.

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