Programs and Services
Women and Children’s Clothing+
WGB is proud to be recognized as valuable resource partner to over two hundred Referral Agency Partners which include shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, medical facilities, group homes, schools, government agencies and faith based organizations; all who send their eligible clients and residents to WGB through our secured online referral registration system by the client’s case manager or social worker.
Once any referral is received and approved by WGB, the shopper attends one of the month’s store day shifts that are most convenient for them. WGB offers multiple Store Day options each month to allow women to conveniently shop for clothing for themselves and their children, free of charge.
Each guest may shop for up to:
- 50 articles of clothing
- 5 pairs of shoes
- 1 coat
- 1 purse
- 3 jewelry pieces or other accessories
- 2 bras
Childcare and breakfast are provided onsite in our designated play area. WGB also holds private shopping days for shelters and organizations to transport their clients (group sizes range from 8 to 45 shoppers) at a convenient time for their staff and drivers.
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to our organization, no matter the shopping time or date.
There are times our clients cannot get to the store, or wait until the next store date. Bag to Go request forms are submitted by case managers or social workers who gather information on the women and children’s clothing and shoes sizes so that our volunteers can pack the bags with the appropriate woman and children’s needs.
- The majority of WGB’s Bag to Go requests come from domestic violence shelters as they are fleeing their abusers with nothing but the clothes on their back.
- We also receive Bag to Go orders from Human Trafficking and Inmate Re-Entry programs; as well as Government Agencies including FBI Victim Services.
- The Bag to Go is picked up by the case manager, social worker or agent.
Snack Pack Program
WGB helps supply kids with nutritional breakfasts and snacks while their mothers shop, because these children often miss their meal at the shelter in order to come into WGB’s facility.
Snack packs are filled with two-day meals during the school year, summer and other school breaks.
Snack packs are prepared by volunteer groups on and off-site.
- Small boxes of cereal
- Individual oatmeal packets
- Mac & Cheese microwavable cups
- Chef Boyardee mini microwavable cups
- Pudding or Fruit cups
- Fruit Snacks
- Granola Bars
Back to School Supplies Program
At the end of each summer, we implore our children to participate in their education and enter the new school year with confidence. This program provides children and youth (kindergarten through high school) from low-income families with back to school clothes, shoes, and school supplies. New backpacks and grade appropriate supplies including:
- 5-subject notebooks
- Composition notebooks
- Pencil pouches
- Index cards
- Tissues (rectangular kind)
Having appropriate clothing and supplies boosts students’ self-esteem and alleviates the visible burden of poverty. As a result, students are more incentivized to attend school because they can do so without feeling different. Students are able to focus on their education, instead of worrying about “fitting in.”
WGB helps over 300 children express their inner ghoul, superhero, cartoon character or princess every October by providing them free Halloween costumes.
Holiday Gifts For Kids Program
Our annual Santa’s Workshop distributes over 4,000 toys to hundreds of disadvantage children, bringing the magic of the holidays with the help of more than 100 volunteer elves.
The philosophy behind Santa’s Workshop allows mothers the option to choose gifts and bicycles, empowering them and allowing them to contribute to their children’s happiness and quality of life, free from financial concerns and limitations.
Prom Dress Program
Our Prom Boutique is an annual initiative created to meet the needs of homeless or low-income students during the prom season. The goal is to make every young woman feel special, beautiful, empowered, and confident.
Receiving a gown presents an opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event they might otherwise not be able to participate in due to the expense of purchasing a dress. They also get to “shop” for jewelry, shoes, make-up & nail polish; all free of charge.
Due to COVID-19 Women Giving Back has found new ways to give back to the community. While operating our food pantry we learned about the alarming need for diapers.
Clients in need of diapers for their baby (under 3 years old) can apply online. Once their application has been vetted and approved they will receive an appointment time for curbside pick up. Pickups are always on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm. They can apply as needed, up to one time a month. We will continue providing diapers past COVID-19 through this program.Apply Online Here