In 1997, a group of executive directors came together to create the Holiday Shop, a seasonal holiday gift and decor retail store run by community volunteers.
In 2005, the board made the decision to open Divine Consign, a year round consignment store operated by volunteers where the community could consign or donate gently used furniture. When donated furniture is sold a share of the proceeds may go to the donor’s recommended favorite charity.
In 2007, Divine Friends was formed. These women, a group of committed fundraiser for Gifts For Our Community, were excited to add home and garden tours to our list of projects.
Divine Again, an upholstery shop, opened in 2008 and trains apprentice upholsterers from Partners in Careers and Goodwill Training. We upholster pieces that customers purchase from Divine Consign, furniture that is brought into the store and we will purchase pieces from liquidation sources to recover and sell in Divine Consign. This is productive use of vacant space in our basement and is a good match for Divine Consign.
Divine Bites, a wonderful cupcake shop, is located within Divine Consign. Our exclusive baker prepares the cupcakes in a commercial off-site kitchen and delivers beautiful, delicious filled cupcakes. Special orders for parties and meetings are available. Vancouver needed its own specialty cupcake store and people have been very excited about the quality and appearance of the cupcakes.
And now we’re excited to be opening B. Divine Clothing Boutique, an upscale resale women’s clothing store. It is our hope to double the contributions we make to our community through this store.
B. Divine Clothing Boutique is a program of Gifts For Our Community, a nonprofit organization, that provides resources for our community in the area of human services, education and the arts. We raise funds to distribute to our community charities through proceeds from Divine Consign, Divine Bites, Divine Again, a variety of events and generous donations of our patrons. We donate household furnishings to clients of human services organizations.
Monies are distributed through grants distributed twice each year. To learn more about grant opportunities visit the giftsforourcommunity.org website.
We thank everyone that applied. You do awesome work and make this community a much healthier and happier place to live.