Opening of a free pop-up store for people in need at Bayside

BAYSIDE, QUEENS – A former Lane Bryant store in Bayside’s Bay Terrace Shopping Center was transformed this week into a free closet for job seekers in need of work clothes.

Common point closet, the free donated clothing store run by Commonpoint Queens, a social service organization, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until Friday, with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

According to the Queens-based nonprofit, the boutique is a place where job seekers can “get hold of the clothes. [they] need to feel confident, prepared and empowered “during a job interview, especially as the city reopens and looks to economic growth.

Danielle Ellman, CEO of Commonpoint Queens, told CBS2 that the closet is a means of “leveling [the] playground ‘and remove the barriers people face in the job search process.

“You don’t have to choose between your shopping this month and a suit for a job,” she said, adding that shoppers had a “worthy experience” in the store.

A customer, Rahina Ahmed, told CBS2 that she lost her job during the pandemic and it made her “so, so happy” to do her shopping at the store and pick up work clothes donated for an upcoming interview. .

His interview was also organized by Commonpoint Queens, as part of its broader social service package.

In addition to Commonpoint Queens’ employment center in Elmhurst, which provides career counseling and job search assistance, the organization connects buyers with employers at Commonpoint Closet.

“Not only can you buy the perfect outfit for a job interview, but you could also be connected with a potential employer,” Ellman told CBS2, noting that recruiting companies had set up tables outside the room. shop.

The organization has transported people from outskirts of Queens to the Bayside Mall, which incidentally was the site of a job fair last week.

The boutique, open until Friday, accepts walk-in visitors. Learn more about Commonpoint Closet here.

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