YSM Double Take: A Season of Growth

Written by Ainsley Boyd. Sharon has lived in Regent Park for over thirteen years and remembers visiting Double Take while working as a costume designer. Her frequent trips increased when she began volunteering with teenagers in the community teaching sewing, mending and upcycling. She got to know the staff and was commissioned to create a wall hanging for the store.

A few years later she started working at Yonge Street Mission’s (YSM) Evergreen Centre for Street-involved Youth, drawing on her creative skills to start a drop-in art program that evolved into Jubilee Designs, a social enterprise where youth produce high-quality consumer textile products and lead corporate team-building workshops with materials often provided by Double Take.

In the summer of 2020, Sharon stepped into the role of Double Take Store Manager. It’s been a year of cautious optimism as the staff have weathered the storm of the pandemic, working hard to balance the tension between keeping the community safe and being able to provide the thrifted items people need.
Throughout the winter, her team has been focusing on providing bulk orders of winter clothing to local agencies who support neighbours struggling with poverty. Sharon notes, “Since we have an industrial steam press, it’s easier for us to clean the clothes than it is for frontline workers. If they have to do laundry, they have less time to spend with community members who need someone to talk to!” Through a partnership with the city, Double Take has been able to take orders from frontline workers for their exact needs and fulfill orders in bulk. The staff have been so encouraged by the amount of local support they’ve received this winter – every time there was a call-out on social media for particular sizes of coats or boots they would often show up the very next day.

Now that spring is here, Sharon and her team are starting to shift towards new opportunities. “We’ve been trying to use our time wisely throughout the winter and work on issues customers have identified to the team in the past. We’re finding solutions by restructuring our pricing and speeding up our checkout process with a barcode system. It’s been a lot of work and we’re still in the middle of it, but we can’t wait to share the changes with our community when we fully re-open.” At the moment, Double Take is serving customers through their new online platform and at-the-door sales, you can follow their updates and learn more on Facebook and Instagram at @doubletakeysm, or sign up for email updates at ysm.ca/Double-Take!

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

Toronto-kiwanis

Meet BGC Toronto Kiwanis!

It’s official. Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs has become BGC Toronto Kiwanis. Not to be trendy. Not because it’s shorter or catchier. But because Clubs across the country open their doors to all … [Read More...]

Photo credit: Ramos Visuals

Cabbagetown Fashion – Hoodie

Let me introduce myself. I am Lenka, born in Slovakia, living in Cabbagetown since 2009. I love fashion, photography, and baking. I have been around fashion since I started modeling as 14 years old. … [Read More...]

CAN-Fund-#150Women-Letter-May-1

The CAN Fund #150Women – BE EPIC

Jane was a promising track athlete before a devastating car accident ended her athletic career. Jane turned this traumatic life lesson into supporting athletes on their journey to be the best in the … [Read More...]

image004

LOGO UNVEILED FOR THE FOUNDRY:

  CANADA’S PLACE FOR MUSIC & COMMUNITY HUB -The local planning group of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA, a service organization for Canada’s … [Read More...]

Image-of-Gallery-Arcturus-nighttime-w_-papier-mache-by-Sae-Kimura

The Gentle Treasure Hunt #2

On the lookout for art that looks out on the street. Article and images contributed be Ed Drass. Trapped between cabin fever and depressing distractions? Then tuck this paper into your vest and bolt … [Read More...]

Green-Thumbs

A Special Garden Sign

Contributed by Heather Wilberforce, with Catherine Tammaro. Have you ever wondered about the sign that stands inside the Winchester School Children’s Garden? It was designed with Green Thumbs Growing … [Read More...]

May the REAL NDP please stand up

The Winds of Change have hit the current NDP. Contributed by K. Fisher  - Full disclosure, my vote usually flip-flops between Liberal and Conservative depending on the official mandate of the Party.  … [Read More...]

winchester

Romanesque Revival ON Winchester St

There is a lot written about the dance theatre on Winchester Street. Many of us have been there for events, community meetings and taken our kids to dance classes. However, there is remarkably little … [Read More...]

War vs Covid

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin. For the first time in our lives, death has not so quietly infiltrated our day-to-day consciousness.   The daily news feed has become routine - “4724 new infections,  29 … [Read More...]

CPPD-Image

Should You Apply?

For Both Long Term Disability (LTD) Benefits and Canadian Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) Benefits? YES! Contributed by: Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer www.TLLawCanHelp.com Many people are … [Read More...]

Heart2Heart-cpr

Peer Support Responder

A community initiative by Heart2Heart CPR that provides FREE training and supplies to people likely to encounter opioid poisoning. Written by: Nick Rondinelli, Owner of Heart2Heart … [Read More...]

Cabbageotwn-BIA--A-New-Beginning

Cabbagetown Cares

A unique partnership between the Cabbagetown BIA, Dixon Hall and St. Luke’s United Church Contributed by Rick Matthews, Executive Director of the Cabbagetown BIA The idea for ‘Cabbagetown Cares’ … [Read More...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *