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

Apartment in a Box

Apartment in a box is a unique concept we created to benefit youth aging out of foster care. New, and near new, household items are obtained from grant funding and from the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation, then are packed into themed boxes containing every essential required to furnish an apartment. The six themes include a furniture and appliances box, a kitchen box, a kitchen supplies box, a bedding box, a bathroom box, and a cleaning box. Help a young person in-need today by donating household goods to the two SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation locations. You can also learn more about Apartment in a Box at SOS BC and how to donate furniture to this project (as the thrift stores cannot accept furniture due to space constraints).

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 and Assistant Managers

  • Barbara High

    Manager of Retail Operations and Steveston Store

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  • Vera Gover

    Manager of Kerrisdale Store

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  • Bea Gordy

    Assistant Manager of Steveston Store

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  • Gad Wannitikul

    Assistant Manager of Kerrisdale Store

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Barbara High

Manager of Retail Operations and Steveston Store

604-274-8866

I am proud to say I recently celebrated 14 years of service to SOS. I manage the Steveston Thrift Store and coordinate a team of dedicated volunteers, well I try to, some coordinate me! I bring to the organization passion, sense of humour, and dedication for the work we do at SOS. I love recruiting and training new volunteers and the challenge of evoking passion and understanding of our vision for SOS.

Vera Gover

Manager of Kerrisdale Store

604-264-0880

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.

Bea Gordy

Assistant Manager of Steveston Store

604-274-8866

I’ve been with the SOS Foundation for nearly a year now. After being in Corporate Canada for many years it’s refreshing and much more fulfilling to work for an organization were you are making a difference. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of our volunteers. There is never a dull moment, whether it’s sorting thru donations or talking with customers. I love that every day is a new day with new experiences and new personalities.

Gad Wannitikul

Assistant Manager of Kerrisdale Store

604-264-0880

I joined the Kerrisdale store in November 2016. It is my great fortune to work with such kind, lovely, and hard-working volunteers and manager. Fortunately, I am also very good at compromise, positive thinking, and willing to work non-stop with the team. I am glad to help raise funds to support foster children in Surrey: “Every ending is just a new beginning.” Shop and volunteer at our thrift store to give a new life for clothes and household items!

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