Non-Profit Extends Services to Offer Affordable, Professional Attire to the Unemployed
But as of last month, as a reponse to the economic downturn, Miner (above) extended her services have been extended to encompass anyone who is unemployed. (FYI: even those with jobs can find amazing deals in Miner's store, A Miner Miracle Shop, which supports the non-profit and is located at 899 Mission St.).
Just earlier today, Miner and her team were re-outfitting Nancy Cook, a 60-year-old unemployed woman from El Cerrito. For just $100, a smiling Cook was provided with a new Larry Levine suit (which normally would cost her more than $400) a couple of tops, a scarf, and a cardigan as CBS News and the SF Weekly documented the occasion and asked questions.
Cook, it turns out, is a repeat client. Nearly a decade ago, she had been referred to Miner by
"I don't know how to dress me," she said, looking over at Miner with admiration. "She does."
Meanwhile, Miner will be working on getting the word out about her new program for the unemployed, which provides clothing for people at prices 70 to 95 percent below retail. Miner travels frequently to New York to buy the clothes, which show up on her racks new and in season. She carries many designer brands, from Calvin Klein to Via Spiga to Ann Taylor. (Miner has secured all the Ann Taylor samples from around the country).
Everything in the store is sold at a deep discount, and the money goes back to helping the disadvantaged and unemployed prepare for interviews. "You are shopping for yourself," says Miner, her kind blue eyes shining, "and you are also shopping for someone else."