The Village to Open Thrift Boutique in Former Clothes Horse Location


For over 50 years, The Village for Families & Children’s volunteer Auxiliaries in Glastonbury, Simsbury and Suffield have run thrift boutiques (called Second Chance Shops) that benefit The Village. Now, The Village will open a fourth shop (the Second Chance Boutique) on Park Road in West Hartford, in the space formerly occupied by the Clothes Horse.

“We are excited about the opportunity to join the West Hartford community,” said Galo Rodriguez, president and CEO of The Village. “Our current Second Chance Shops are successfully run by about 300 volunteers and last year raised $280,000 in support of The Village. We hope to engage West Hartford residents to help us make this new boutique a success.”

The Village is currently recruiting volunteers to launch and run the shop. Whether you’d like to manage shop operations, help shoppers find the perfect item, sort and price donations, or manage social media and outreach activities – there’s something for everyone!

This is an exciting opportunity to build a thrift boutique from the ground up. This new shop will have support from and be able to leverage the knowledge, experience and expertise of The Village’s other three Auxiliaries and The Village staff.

For more information on how to get involved, contact: Jennifer Meligonis DeJohn,, 860-297-0519.

The Village Auxiliary leaders are honored at The Village’s annual reception.









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For more than 200 years, The Village for Families & Children has been working to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We fulfill this mission by providing a full range of behavioral health treatment and support services for children and adults – including parenting education classes, outpatient mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, and foster care and adoption – which help them achieve real and meaningful change in their lives. For more information, visit or call 860-236-4511.