The Business Boutique


When a participant is job ready, she is offered the opportunity to shop the Business Boutique. The Business Boutique offers the clothing and the confidence women need to develop a professional image and effectively compete in today's job market. Over 300 women a year take advantage of this service.

With its boutique atmosphere and personal service, the Business Boutique provides a comfortable environment where women can develop their professional appearance and attitude. Trained volunteers serve as personal shoppers assisting women in choosing outfits that are the most flattering and appropriate for her situation.

Donation Guidelines

Due to limited space, we can only accept business clothing that is appropriate for job interviews and is:

  • current in style (3 years old or less)
  • clean and in excellent condition
  • current season

Here is a list of the types of items we accept:

2 pc. Suits  Dress pants       Skirts 
Blazers Blouses      Lightweight  cardigans/sweater sets
Shoes Jewelry      Coats (in season)
Purses, totes, portfolios

We can only accept NEW bras and hoisery.

Ask yourself, "Would I wear this to a job interview?" If the answer is "No", we recommend you donate those articles to other worthy organizations. (see below)

If we receive like new clothing that is not appropriate for the workplace, we send those items to a women owned consignment shop to sell. The proceeds we receive are used to purchase brand new bras for our participants and to cover the other costs associated with the operation of the closet.

How to Make a Donation

Unfortunately, we do not have the capability for pick up service or the capacity to accept estate clothing.

Donated clothing may be on hangers, bagged, or boxed. Please keep packaged donations to a reasonable weight (35 lbs max.) so that our volunteers and staff (AND YOU!) can safely handle them. 

Donations are accepted at the Women's Resource Center office on:  
Mon, Wed, Thurs:  9am-4pm
Tues  9am-6pm
Fri  9am-Noon

Call us at 616-458-5443 if you have questions.

Other places to donate items

There are numerous nonprofits in the metro G.R. area who would gladly accept those items that we are unable to handle. Below are our suggestions. We know these organizations well and appreciation their partnership in the work they do to further the empowerment of women and their families in West Michigan.

   Jubilee Jobs (Men's professional clothing)       In the Image     
   935 Baxter St SE, G.R.
   1823 S. Division, G. R.  
   (616) 774-9944
  (616) 456-6150    
  UCOM    North Kent Connect
  1311 Chicago Dr. SW, Wyoming 
   10075 Northland Dr. NE , Rockford 
  (616) 241-4006
  (616) 886-3478    
   Mel Trotter Ministries        
   225 Commerce SW, G. R.        
  (616) 454-8249