Welcome to the next chapter of Rung, an innovative approach to helping women achieve lifelong independence and create generational change.
Rung, a boutique offering a fresh approach to non-profit resale with net profits benefiting women and children’s organizations, opened in Rock Hill in 2010. This fall the store will close, and Rung will re-emerge in a new location with a new, innovative approach.
Rung’s mission has always been to support and empower women in the St. Louis area. As a boutique, the mission was realized by providing fashionable attire at affordable prices, as well as professional and personal growth opportunities, in a fun, uplifting boutique atmosphere. The new Rung will be a “single source” providing and connecting the services that women who lack economic independence need to reach the next “rung” of success in their lives.
“After years of providing a space where women could find great-looking clothing at affordable prices, a launching pad for their careers, and opportunities to connect with other women, I have decided to go further and work to make a greater impact in my community,” said Ali Kindle Hogan, founder and president of Rung. “Even before we opened the boutique’s doors seven years ago, I knew Rung could evolve into something bigger.”
Rung’s core mission remains the same, but as Ali learned through her work at the boutique, she realized the mission needs to evolve. “The needs of women in St. Louis have changed since we opened. Women don’t just need help finding the right outfit to get a job, they need a clear path to resources and services that will help them achieve economic sustainability for themselves, their families, and for future generations.” From this new understanding, the inspiration for a new Rung was born.
Ali’s words set the stage for the next chapter, “Imagine a woman who is working really hard just to make ends meet for her and her family. Now, imagine a place where, just by opening one door and walking through it, that woman could find all the services and support she needs to move beyond making ends meet, to make her life easier and in the long-run, more prosperous. This is the next chapter of Rung.”
After two years of researching best practices, new approaches, and innovative strategies for helping women achieve sustainability, the time has come to launch the new concept. To give the re-envisioned Rung the focus and attention it deserves, the decision was made to bring operations to a close at the resale shop this year. Donations for the resale boutique will be accepted through August 31, 2017. Customers may continue to shop through September 30, 2017. The month of October will be reserved for private events for Rung’s non-profit partner organizations.
Rung Boutique has been an incredible springboard toward the development of this new concept, and its accomplishments over the years are worth noting.
Since its opening in 2010, Rung has:
- Contributed almost $48,000 to the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Nurses for Newborns, and several other agencies helping women and children in St. Louis.
- Donated more than $50,000 worth of clothing and accessories to almost 500 women in need.
- Provided more than $23,000 in consignment income to local female artists and designers.
- Donated more than $5,600 to local women’s and children’s charities for sale of their merchandise.
- Touched countless lives by caring for every person who walked through its doors.
- Offered educational and outreach opportunities like job readiness programs, personal styling services for women in need, internships for high school and college students, and more.
Rung is thankful to the St. Louis community for its loyal and continued support as well as its passion and enthusiasm for helping women and children in need. The boutique staff, the volunteers, the partner agencies, the customers, the donors, and all the women Rung has helped have collectively contributed to this new endeavor. Ali’s own appreciation is heartfelt and filled with enthusiasm. “My gratitude for every piece of clothing that was donated and purchased, for every second of time that was spent in our store, and for every dollar that was contributed to our cause, is immeasurable,” says Ali. Looking toward the near future, Ali explains, “My hope is that the boutique supporters I have come to know and love will be inspired to support and embrace the new Rung as it re-emerges to meet women where they are with exactly the support they need to achieve sustainability.”
Updates on the progress of the new concept will be shared as they are available. “A lot of work is already underway,” says Ali. “The next chapter of Rung is coming very soon, and I can’t wait to share the news with St. Louis.”
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