Irene Jaakson

Irene Jaakson

Cloverdale boutique helps charity drive off in new car

Just three months after its launch, Inn for Women, a second hand boutique, has been able to buy a new vehicle for the charity it supports.

Irene Jaakson, executive director of SAS Surrey, looked more than a little excited – and grateful – to take the keys of a brand new car, thanks to a chic new venture founded on social enterprise.

Just three months after opening its doors, Inn For Women in Cloverdale has been able to purchase the new car for the charity, which relies on private donations.

The second hand boutique. which opened Dec. 1, is staffed by volunteers and specializes in high quality clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. All items are donated.

The Inn for Women is located at 5760 176 Street. It was launched by local retailer Yvonne Hogenes of Malary’s Fashion Network across the street, along with two partners, as a source of revenue for SAS Surrey, founded 16 years ago in Cloverdale.

Hogenes announced this week that the Inn for Women boutique was able to purchase a Caspian Sea Nissan.

“That you to all of our amazing supporters, shoppers, donors and volunteers,”  she wrote on her Facebook page. “This is what can be accomplished when we all work together.”

SAS provides safe homes, education, addiction prevention programs and more, assisting exploited women and youth in Surrey.

The car will be used for appointments, shopping and more, Hogenes said.

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Surrey North Delta Leader