A Victoria-based non-profit organization focused on women empowerment and with several resale shops across the city has expanded, opening its fourth location earlier this month.
Women In Need (WIN) Community Cooperative’s newest store in Saanich Centre, located at the corner of McKenzie Avenue and Quadra Street, opened on Dec. 3 and is stocked with fashion for all genders, including clothing, shoes and accessories.
Clare Yazganoglu, WIN’s executive director, was “so thrilled” to open another store, saying it “joins other locations in being a crucial part of how we provide our five empowerment programs in the community.”
Revenue from the resale shops, as well as a pop-up shop and an online store, funds programs geared toward women, transgender, non-binary and Two-Spirit people, according to WIN in a news release.
The organization says the programs provide practical support and empower participants along their personal journey between crisis, financial self-sufficiency and wellness.
“Designed to be free of judgment, simple to access and informed by the wisdom of program participants themselves, WIN is there along each step of that journey,” it said, adding, “each year, WIN supports over 2000 local program participants through their programs.”
Along with its new Saanich store, all WIN locations, including on Pandora Avenue, Cook Street and Wilson Street, are open seven days a week.