Closet Couture Boutique sells beautiful items tax-free at great prices, with all proceeds after overhead costs going back to Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services. It opened in 2013, to maximize on the many donations received at the shelter.
Shar Schmidt, the Store Manager, heard from a volunteer at CORE Refugee Sponsorship that refugees had arrived in Paris and were in need of clothing. She collected two bags of clothes and wrote personal welcome letters and placed punch cards and business cards inside.
Schmidt has helped refugees in the past. She collected twenty-five baby carriers for Carry the Future; an organization who gives them to Syrian refugee families whom are actively fleeing their country, to make their journey easier.
To persevere in all circumstances and to better the world, she came up with this mantra: "I am powerful. I have choices. And I am free."