New resale shop offers on-the-job training for at-risk youth

St. Charles Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit human services agency based in Milwaukee, has opened a resale shop to act as a “training ground” for youth members and young adults involved in the organization’s Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) program.


In support of the Y.E.S. program, the resale shop – named Repurpose – hires young people for four-month internships that offer “real world” job experience and promote the development of employment and customer service skills.

“St. Charles is committed to helping young people in our community become self-reliant and successful individuals,” said Cathy Connolly, president of St. Charles. “We’ve found the Y.E.S. Program to be very effective in fulfilling that commitment because it teaches the necessary skills for sustainable employment and lives of success.”

Through the Y.E.S. program, adult professionals coach and mentor youth workers to enhance both their confidence and sense of independence. Y.E.S. internships ultimately prepare participants to succeed in long-term, stable employment.

RePurpose, located at 4610 W. Fond du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, is stocked with donated items that have been repurposed for sale. Shoppers will find household furnishings, office furniture, clothing and gift items. The store covers 11,200 square feet.

St. Charles runs a similar store called Refined Boutique at 1430 Underwood Ave. in downtown Wauwatosa. Sale proceeds from both store locations help fund the nonprofit’s initiatives to train at-risk youth for the workforce.

RePurpose is open for business Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will celebrate its grand opening with the public on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store accepts donations any time directly at its location. To schedule a pick-up time of larger scale donations, call 414-977-4250.

For more information about St. Charles, its Y.E.S. program and its store operations, visit

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