One of those foundations is SOS Children’s Village BC – they provide love, support, and family stability in a community-integrated Village of twelve foster homes and five suites for youth aging out of care, in Surrey, British Columbia. Growing up without a parent can be tough, but SOS BC gives foster kids homes … and hope. The many volunteers and staff who work in the two thrift stores recognize that they work with purpose and commitment, which allows SOS BC programs to have sustainability. Your donation of gently used items to our thrift shops, or purchasing goods from our thrift shops, will help fund vital programs that enhance the lives of foster children and vulnerable families in our communities.

Mission

SOS Children's Village Thrift Store Foundation

To operate thrift stores that support charitable organizations such as SOS Children’s Village BC – that provide support and services to foster children, foster families, and youth at-risk – and to provide direct relief to poor and homeless youth in care/at-risk in the form of free thrift store items or employment and training opportunities.

Set up for success

Nothing in the World is More Important

Every day, BC’s children and youth in care face big challenges. You can help, by supporting the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation. Your donation of gently used items to our thrift shops will help fund vital programs that enhance the lives of foster children and vulnerable families in our communities. You can also change the life of a child in need through some retail therapy that pays off for kids. Because every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, loving environment.

Our Thrift Stores

Store History

The SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation location in the community of Steveston in Richmond first opened its doors in 1992, as a way to raise funds for the creation of an SOS Children’s Village. In 1999, the store expanded to its present size on Moncton Street in Steveston. Today, approximately 50 volunteers work in or support that store. The store is run by two managers and a team of approximately five to eight volunteers each day of the week.

The Kerrisdale location is modeled after the successful Steveston store and opened in July of 2006. SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation Kerrisdale is ‘chic’ in style and consistently gives the public an opportunity to purchase affordable quality products. It is supported by two managers and a company of dedicated volunteers.

Our Dedicated Team

The stores are supported passionately by two paid managers, two part-time paid assistant managers, and a plethora of dedicated volunteers.

Store Managers

  • Vera Gover

    Senior Manager and Manager of Kerrisdale Store

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  • Yasmin Tang

    Manager of Steveston Store

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  • Yammy Alice Cheung

    Saturday Manager of Steveston Store and Social Media Specialist

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Vera Gover

Senior Manager and Manager of Kerrisdale Store

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I grew up in a small German town on the French/Swiss border and immigrated to Vancouver in 1971. For the past 24 years I have been running my own home business that has enabled me to travel throughout the US and Canada. I am married with one daughter and have been working at the Kerrisdale Thrift Store for 11 years. My work gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I can make a difference in somebody’s life.

Yasmin Tang

Manager of Steveston Store

604-274-8866

Working at SOS thrift stores allows me to combine years of experience in retail since 2001, my training and passion for creative merchandising, with the meaningful work of SOS Children’s Village BC. My goal is to increase our funds to help more kids, to create a welcoming work environment for our valuable volunteers, and to offer our customers a unique shopping experience by providing a well presented eco-friendly second hand store. At the end of the day I want to see only the smiles of our volunteers and feel customers’ satisfaction by having done a good deed at our store. I’d like to build a community within our store to share our stories, to give back our appreciations, and to connect with our neighbourhoods.

Yammy Alice Cheung

Saturday Manager of Steveston Store and Social Media Specialist

604-274-8866

Yammy Alice Cheung has been with the Foundation since 2016. She started as a volunteer and took on the role of the full time summer student during the summers of 2017 and 2018. She currently manages the Steveston location on Saturdays and runs the social media for both stores.

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