NYC STORE 'LITTLE SHOP OF KINDNESS' OFFERS LOTS OF HELP AND HOPE FOR MIGRANTS

NYC STORE 'LITTLE SHOP OF KINDNESS' OFFERS LOTS OF HELP AND HOPE FOR MIGRANTS

Photo cred: Shanna Camilleri

 

Located in NYC's Upper East side, the Little Shop of Kindness is a volunteer-run boutique where migrants can 'shop' for free clothes, shoes and other essentials in a well-merchandised store, instead of rummaging through unsorted donation piles. It's operated by Team TLC NYC - a nonprofit which aims to support migrants amidst the city's migrant crisis.

The shop, designed to resemble an ordinary boutique, has provided clothing to over 13,000 people since opening in March of 2023 following a surge in migration the previous year. New York City has faced challenges accommodating these migrants, leading to the opening of emergency shelters and other facilities, which overtime have seen reductions and restrictions in support such as lower time limits on shelter stays, to alleviate the strain on public resources.

However, many migrants still lack housing and resort to camping outside shelters. At the Little Shop of Kindness, migrants are paired with volunteers who assist them with not just selecting items but providing guidance on accessing social services. The boutique also offers a pro-bono legal clinic for immigration and asylum cases.


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