YWCA Evanston/North Shore announced today that it has acquired Encore & More, a resale shop in Wilmette, from the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore (NCJWCNS).
“This is an exciting new venture for us and we’re grateful that NCJWCNS wanted to pass the baton to us,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “Our organizations believe in the same things: social justice and helping women and families. It feels like a seamless transition.”
NCJWCNS, a grassroots social justice organization based in Northbrook, has successfully managed the shop for more than 25 years. According to Executive Director Melissa Prober, the time had come to hand over the reins.
“We felt like YWCA/Evanston North Shore, which is completely aligned with our mission, could take this enterprise to the next level,” she said. “YWCA is looking at Encore & More not only as an opportunity to raise funds for their domestic violence and economic empowerment programs but also as a way to empower women by providing job readiness training at the shop itself.”
Encore & More is a community staple in Wilmette, and, according to Singer, that won’t change.
“We were impressed with its reputation as a quality resale shop and its firm footing in the community, which is part of our service area,” she said.
She added, “We’re looking forward to enhancing what the shop can be, particularly as a tool to give women who are rebuilding their lives because of domestic violence and economic hardship a way to move forward.”
For those interested in volunteering at the shop, YWCA is looking for help with inventory and sorting. The shop will continue to accept donations of new and gently used women’s clothing during store hours, which will remain the same.
About YWCA Evanston/North Shore
YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. Learn more at www.ywca-ens.org
The National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJWCNS strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Learn more at www.ncjwcns.org