The Retreat Boutique, Suffolk County’s 26-year-old comprehensive domestic violence services organization, has announced the launch of its new thrift store at 35 Chandler Square across from the ferry terminal in Port Jefferson Village. June 15th the Retreat will be participating in Green Fest to enlighten people as to how to make better choices for a “Greener” world. Their booth will showcase a sample of what is sold in the shop, plenty of literature about the agency, and large bins for people who may wish to donate items, clothing in particular. All donations are tax-deductible.
The Retreat is very pleased to be a part of “Green Fest”. A Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce sponsored event and as a new member to the Chamber! Most of the donations are gently used (recycled!) clothing, accessories, furniture, and other household items; it is the right fit for, ‘going Green.’
The store raises money to serve women and children who have survived domestic violence. This type of charitably enterprise has succeeded for The Retreat in its other locations by discount-selling used, high-quality goods that have all been donated, including designer clothing, dishware, jewelry, books, housewares, and decorations. Many of the goods in the Port Jefferson store will come from residents of the Hamptons.
“The introduction of The Retreat Boutique into the heart of Port Jefferson represents a community-engaging way for us to support the needs of local families who have survived domestic violence,” said Jeffrey Friedman, Executive Director of The Retreat, who indicated that The Retreat responded to more than 3,100 calls to its domestic violence crisis hotline in 2012, a figure up 35% since just two years ago. “Proceeds from this new store will help us to meet the increasing demand for our services.”
Much like the flagship store in Bridgehampton, the new thrift store will be flush with opportunities for local residents. In search of staff, volunteers, donation of items, and satisfied customers to spread the word about the good that The Retreat is able to do with the proceeds from the sale of donated merchandise, The Retreat is eager to uphold its promise to turn no victims of domestic violence away.