New clothing store benefiting nonprofit A Miner Miracle opens

A Miner Miracle founder Kathy Miner opened a new store that sells designer women’s clothing at discount prices to help raise funds for the nonprofit.

What is A Miner Miracle?

It’s a San Francisco nonprofit founded in 1995 to provide professional clothing and image counseling to low-income men, women, young adults and homeless vets.

What do they receive?

The men have a tailor and the women have their hair and makeup done. Everybody gets a full interview-appropriate outfit with new shoes and they’re ready to go for work.

How do your clients find out about your services?

They find out about us through a social service or government agency. These are the people that are trying to get off public assistance and are working with agencies that provide job training. Some are in transitional housing for the homeless.

Have you had any recent success stories?

We were moving into our new store. Delancey Street Movers were moving us, and one of the gentlemen came up to me and said, “You dressed me and I got this job — thank you so much.”

Where does the funding come from?

We get grants and individual donations, but so much of that has dried up. The way we’re keeping our door open is because of our stores.

What is the new shop?

We’ve had one store at Fifth and Mission since 2002. I opened that after donations and grants dried up badly. This year, I opened a second store at 441 Sutter St. It’s a women’s fashion store that sells designer labels at 50 to 80 percent below retail.

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