Spring is a time to clean out your closet and get organized for the summer season. This past weekend, CAMH staff and volunteers along with MBA student-volunteers from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University were hard at work at CAMH’s Suits Me Fine boutique.
CAMH staff and volunteers along with MBA student-volunteers from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University were hard at work at CAMH’s Suits me Fine boutique this weekend.
As part of a project to enhance the popular clothing store located at the Queen Street site, the team was sorting and organizing the many donations in lead up to the launch of a new a point of sale (POS) system. The new POS system will boost the store's ability to serve clients and provide a more realistic shopping experience.
“Suits Me Fine is more than a boutique,” says John Vespa, Director with CAMH’s Human Resources. “It creates an opportunity for people who may have been marginalized by their illness to experience community in a safe setting – an experience many people take for granted.”
Clothing and toiletries will be tagged and given a simulated value. Customers will have set budgets to plan and prioritize purchases all of which will be tracked in the system. The simulated transactions will create positive social interactions, help build confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately assist in recovery and reintegration to the community.
“This is a really great way to help the volunteers at Suits Me Fine,” said Steve Kravec, president of Ryerson University’s Net Impact team. “We see how hard Norma and her team works here. When the system is up and running it will make managing all the donations much easier and will make the shopping experience more realistic for the customers.” Norma Mcdowell, coordinator with CAMH’s Volunteer Services has played a lead role in managing the boutique and the annual client fashion show.
A second phase of the project will involve students from Ryerson's retail management program to introduce other aspects of the retail industry to Suits Me Fine.
The Ryerson volunteers will attend the Suits Me Fine annual fashion show on Thursday, May 21 week to celebrate their contribution and cheer on the models. The theme of this year’s show is “Watch me Bloom” – and we will!