Overhead Storage Increases Space for Clothing Donations
Women Giving Back, a Virginia-based nonprofit started in 2007, is dedicated to providing clothing to homeless women and children. By providing appropriate and professional clothing, WGB hopes to help homeless women enter the workplace and their children go to school. However, they were running out of room for clothing storage. To solve their space issues, WGB turned to Southwest Solutions Group® with Lift and Store® to find a way to increase their capacity with ceiling mounted garment racks.
“We have a boutique-like setup in the front of the operation to provide a dignified feel to the process,” said Terri Stagi, President of WGB. “Our warehouse is controlled chaos while out volunteers sort through mounds of clothing, shoes, and accessories for our clients.”
Over 100 women attend the store openings two times per month. Overall, the group distributes more than 500,000 items to over 50,000 women and 15,000 children in crisis in the past ten years. And their program continues to grow. In 2016, WGB opened an expanded store to accommodate their increasing growth. Even with a larger building, they found that managing their clothing storage was a huge challenge.
Facilitating Growth by Storing Vertically
Instead of using up their valuable floor space, Craig Crock at Southwest Solutions Group® suggested that they think vertically. Ceiling mounted garment racks store clothing above the back room, allowing a significant increase in storage space without any building expansion. With the push of a button, the lift brings racks of clothing down to floor level for retrieval. When the user is done, they simply push another button to raise the lift back to ceiling level. The lift stores over 250 pieces of clothing, and WGB recently ordered another to store even more. Since the garment lifts are modular, it’s easy to adjust and expand the system. See more here.
Now, Stagi says that WGB’s goal is “to serve double the women and children in 2017, and the garment racks will help us exceed that.”
Contact Us About Ceiling Mounted Garment Racks
Southwest Solutions Group® provides space-saving storage solutions for applications just like this one. We are a turnkey solutions company. This means we will work with you to determine how our solutions will integrate with your exact needs. To ensure we’re the right choice for you, we’ll provide you with a free consultation before you commit to anything.
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To make a donation to Women Giving Back, please call 703-554-9386 or visit womengivingback.org.