The clients of the Montreal Y Hotel can shop without leaving the hotel thanks to Fringues thrift-boutique, a work-based school located a few steps from the hotel’s reception. Through its clothing boutique, the Fringues & Cie program offers women experiencing difficulty integrating into the workforce, paid work experience and comprehensive training in retail sales and customer service.
A socio-professional integration program
The program offers a comprehensive approach to training which combines professional, personal and social aspects. The entire integration process is realized through group activities that encourage exchange, intercultural understanding and mutual support among participants.
Doubly responsible consumerism
The 4215 customers who bought clothes at Fringues thrift-boutique in 2014-2015 were being doubly responsible-by re-using clothes, and helping young women with little formal education integrate into the worforce. The $75,000 in sales revenue is reinvested directly into the Fringues employability program.
Generous individual and corporate donors help us maintain the quality and diversity of the clothing. In 2015, eight corporate clothing drives were held and Fringues thrift-boutique received nine large donations of new clothing from well-known brands such as Editorial, Judith & Charles, Canadelle, Aldo, Dragône and Le Château among others.
Are you going to be spending a few days in Montreal? Come and visit Boutique Fringues thrift-boutique and encourage the YWCA Montreal’s workforce integration enterprise by liking it on our Facebook page!