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Shoe shop in DTK helps connect women with valuable job skills

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Tim Ireland

You can help out local women looking to gain new employment skills, while picking up a pair of vintage shoes.

Jennifer Gordon is Director of Youth Services at YW Kitchener-Waterloo.

She tells 570 NEWS about ‘In Her Shoes’ – and says it has really been a labour of love.

“It’s an eight-week program that’s funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation – and essentially it’s an employment and training program for women in our community who are particularly interested in retail environments, and starting their own online business. So we have a lot of creative types that are interested in seeing if they can sell stuff they create – and so our store acts as sort of an experimental lab for them.”

Gordon says In Her Shoes is a brick and mortar store – but it will also be online.

“That’s launching on February 27 – and our participants help with all facets of the store. It’s just a nice, safe place where they can learn business skills – and develop their own ideas for what they want to do in terms of their own self-employment.”

Gordon says their storefront is already open and ready for business.

“We’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each day, one of the participants in our program will be working to help you out, and also help them gain some customer service skills. We’re located at 84 Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener.”

You can learn more about In Her Shoes by clicking here.