A new book to read, a fresh shirt or a nice smelling bar of soap are small items that we often take for granted. But it can be difficult for some patients — particularly those in treatment for mental health challenges — to afford or even have access to these goods.
That’s the idea behind a special boutique at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. Run by a group of volunteers, the boutique offers toiletries, home goods, clothing and accessories free of charge to patients in need. Here, patients can find business attire to help them “dress for success,” and shop for other items.
“Seeing how excited a patient is when they find the perfect item for their home, a new blazer or even just a bottle of shampoo is incredible,” says Kristian Rockefeller, licensed marriage and family therapist at Sharp Mesa Vista who helps manage the boutique. “A briefcase was recently donated, and that simple act made a huge difference to someone who truly needed it for interviews during their job search.”
The boutique’s inventory is solely dependent upon donations, most of which are provided by Sharp Mesa Vista staff who see firsthand how important these items are to those seeking care.
“The boutique is small, but really empowers patients to be their best selves,” says Rockefeller.
Sharp Mesa Vista’s boutique is currently seeking donations of all kinds.
Are all patients welcome to visit the boutique?
Due to its location, the boutique is only accessible to patients receiving outpatient treatment at Sharp Mesa Vista. If hospitalized patients are in need of an item, staff are welcome to visit the boutique and get what they need.
When is the boutique open?
The boutique is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 8:30 am.
How can I donate to the boutique?
You can drop off your items at the Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital front desk, at 7850 Vista Hill Avenue. Tax-deduction forms are available upon request.
What items are in highest demand?
High-demand items include belts, shoes, men’s clothing, body wash and deodorant.
Are there any items that can’t be donated?
Please refrain from donating razors, mouthwash, used toiletries or items referencing alcoholic drinks.