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We’re Giving Unemployment the Boot with Help from Our Friends at Workboot.com

We’re incredibly excited about our new initiative with Viberg Boots which is making an immediate impact in our community, as originally posted on Workboot.com:

Working Gear Workboot Post

Last week- we were able to travel to Vancouver’s East Side, just beyond Gastown and visit the crew at Working Gear Clothing Society. They’re a charitable non-profit society, providing unemployed men the clothing and gear they need to get back in the workforce.

When we heard that quality work boots were high on the list of immediate need, there was no debate that we would step in and help.

Working Gear Workboot Post

Its just a small space, although every inch of their ‘store’ being put to good use. Racks of suits and dress shirts, in every colour and size, line the walls of the tiny rooms along the hallway.

Working Gear Workboot Post

Working Gear Workboot Post

Once, these were used for monitored safe injections, but now act as sort of shopping departments. Gentlemen in need are aided by the beaming and warm volunteers, filling the role of stylist and personal shopper, helping ensure proper fit and giving advice on ties and pattern pairing.

Working Gear Workboot Post

Working Gear Workboot Post

The founder (or volunteer number one, as he refers to himself) of Working Gear, Stephen, cracks jokes with the three young Syrian men, who recently arrived in Canada and secured jobs in ironworking.

He’s trying to find something in a 3XL for the youngest, who towers over us at an impressive 6’8″. Down the hallway, the buzzing of barber’s shears faintly begins to hum when Alysha, another volunteer, starts a cut.

Working Gear Workboot Post

Working Gear Workboot Post

Our newly minted ironworker friend is ecstatic when we find him a few things to fit his frame, including a brand new pair of size 14 Stompers Raindance boots.

It is inspiring to see the immediate change for these guys. Many of us share a similar circumstance to the men who look to Working Gear for help. A couple missed paycheques, one hard setback; that’s all it took for the majority of the gentlemen we met with that day, to put them in an uphill battle.

Working Gear Workboot Post

We’re thrilled to be a small part of helping these guys get back on their feet, and they seem equally excited to be wearing a pair of Stompers when they do.

Working Gear Workboot Post

A deep thanks to all the volunteers of Working Gear. The work they do is invaluable. If you would like to know more, or become involved, refer to their website at workinggear.ca

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