The 5th Anniversary of the Start Here, Go Far Boutique

Professional women's business attire at the Start Here, Go Far Boutique
For the last 5 years, students have had the opportunity to receive clothing for free through the generous donations of others in the community at the Start Here, Go Far Boutique. The model is simple: community members and students who have clothing and accessories such as belts, ties, scarves, jewelry, and handbags that they don’t need or use can donate to the Boutique, and students in need of that attire for interviews, jobs, or just everyday life can get what they need for free from the Boutique. The Boutique is a resource available to all students, no questions asked.


The idea for the Start Here, Go Far Boutique began when several students expressed concern because they didn’t feel well dressed when attending the Ulster Community College Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon. With financial support from Darlene Pfeiffer, a Foundation board member and scholarship benefactor, the Boutique was established through Ulster’s Reaching Independence though Supportive Education (RISE) program.

In the beginning, the Boutique was supposed to assist graduates who needed business attire for job interviews, but after Hurricane Irene, the focus expanded to include basic clothing items as well when many students lost their possessions. The boutique is currently being managed by student aides and Meg Sheeley, the Interim Coordinator of Campus Life.

Where Can I Find It?

 The Start Here, Go Far Boutique is located in VAN 154 across the hall from the Food Pantry.
FALL 2017 Hours:
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Hours will be updated and advertised for the Spring Semester. To make a donation, contact Meg Sheeley at

Several rolled up, professional ties for men at the Start Here, Go Far Boutique.
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