celebrating grand opening in Bradford next week

In addition to affordable pricing, the store also supports any person in need with free clothing

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connected with the local South Simcoe charity-contact-community-services because they each had a personal story of hardship and expressed they were now in a position to give back.

“Attending a meeting on this initiative I realized I was in the same boardroom space I was in five years ago when I connected for career support. Now we are in a position to give back. It is a pretty awe-inspiring experience to be on the other side and reflect on how far we have come,” commented Anastasia.

“We would not be where we are today without the support of agencies like CONTACT,” added Rose.

Thanks to their initiative, in collaboration with the CONTACT staff team, the store will host its grand opening on Dec. 1, 2021 on location from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(by invitation only due to COVID protocol).

The Clothes Line will incorporate its successes in Alliston and will be 90 per cent volunteer operated.  All revenue stays local and supports CONTACT’s charitable programming and community services.

Emily McIntosh, Executive Director of CONTACT says,

“A social enterprise of this magnitude is 100 per cent reliant on the strength of the community of which it is embedded. It has been amazing to see the big hearts of Bradford that have made this possible. As an organization dedicated to addressing the ever-changing social needs of the community we serve, CONTACT is proud to launch this store which is a direct way to bring people from all walks of life together and then reinvest the profits into making our community the best it can be.”

Already volunteers have been engaged in set-up, including a local walking group with a social conscious, ‘The Bradford Hustlers’. Together, they teamed up with the Anastasia and Rose team to promote local coat and winter clothing collection and sorting of stock for merchandising.

“We are forever grateful to our dedicated volunteers and community partners for making possible this additional support to the folks of Bradford,” stated CONTACT Board Chair, Valerie Ellis.

The Bradford Clothes Line will be open to the public for donations:

every Monday and open for shopping every Wednesday

from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting Dec. 1, 2021

…to start.

The store is actively seeking socially minded individuals looking to give back and volunteer some of their time to store operations.

With an increased volunteer contingent, store operating hours will be expanded accordingly. Donations are accepted by appointment only.

Please visit our website at for more information.


Realtors partner with charity, local businesses to open new thrift shop in Bradford 

Bradford realtors Anastasia Orlando and Rose M. Sorbera have partnered with CONTACT Community Services to help launch the organization's second location of The Clothes Line thrift shop

Local dignitaries and members of the community came together on Wednesday morning to celebrate the grand opening of The Clothes Line thrift store in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

This is The Clothes Lines' second location, with the original shop located in Alliston, run by registered charity-contact-community-services CONTACT Community Services.

"Welcome to the grand opening of The Clothes Line in Bradford!" said an excited Emily McIntosh, executive director with CONTACT Community Services.

"This project truly reflects the light, the light of community, the power of community, the bringing together of people with a like-minded vision, and motivation and we are so grateful to all of you for being here today and for all of our donors for contributing."

The idea to expand the shop into Bradford came from local realtors, Anastasia Orlando and Rose M. Sorbera, who have both utilized CONTACT's services in the past.

"They are the kickstarters for making this a reality," said McIntosh.

The store will work with local residents to help redirect unwanted clothing and small household items from the landfill by reselling them at affordable prices for people of all economic backgrounds. The shop will also offer free clothing to those in need. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


It’s a place of inclusivity, one that welcomes people from all walks of life.

CONTACT get $150K boost from province for COVID recovery
CONTACT has launched online component of thrift store and replaced out-of-date technical equipment

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ALLISTON – In 2021, CONTACT Community Services received a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

With these funds, CONTACT has launched the online component of The Clothes Line thrift store, replaced out-of-date technical equipment, increased relevant IT support, and supported a comprehensive fundraising and communications plan in the pandemic environment. This grant has allowed CONTACT to navigate the barriers presented by COVID-19 and continue providing services safely to South Simcoe.

“The pandemic has sparked innovation across every sector,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson. “CONTACT Community Services is a leader in demonstrating how adapting to meet the evolving needs of its clients benefits the South Simcoe community and its economy.”

The online Clothes Line store has provided a successful alternative to in-person shopping, allowing the store to operate during lockdown and accommodate shoppers who prefer to shop virtually. The online store first opened in 2020, and with support from OTF, sales to date now include over 451 orders, yielding $9,221 in sales. This revenue goes directly back into supporting CONTACT’s charitable programs.

As well, upgraded equipment and added IT support has enabled a seamless transition to virtual operations.  Housing and employment staff are using the new technology to provide immediate service to residents seeking support. CONTACT is also working with BNP Goldie to examine the current fundraising environment and create a plan to bolster the organization’s philanthropic opportunities and amplify its impact on local community health.

“CONTACT Community Services is extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping us ensure we can deliver our critical services throughout the changing pandemic environment,” says Executive Director, Emily McIntosh. “The residents of South Simcoe rely on our services in their greatest time of need, and now, more than ever we need to work as a collective to deliver on our mission to be a leader in the region in employment, housing and community supports.”


CONTACT Community Services is a registered charity with a 40-year history of taking a proactive approach to addressing changing social needs. As a community-based agency with multiple locations in rural communities, our programs meet the needs of over 3,000 families, adults, seniors, and youth from all cultural, social, and economic backgrounds every year.

We provide support to some of South Simcoe’s most vulnerable residents by helping them access the vital services including housing supports, employment services, community engagement programs, and access to affordable gently used clothing and household items at ‘The Clothes Line’ thrift store in Alliston and Bradford West Gwillimbury.