Portia Sam and friend with stack of Huggies diapers Miscellany Finds is a social enterprise that runs programs to empower women and youth who are transitioning into the workforce and independent living.

Our programs empower women who are considered “hard to place” in the work force, including those who’ve experienced:

  • Domestic violence
  • Addiction
  • Correctional institutions
  • Sex trade work

Participants are referred to us by our partners in the community, including government-based employment centres, PLEA programs for at-risk youth, Correctional Service Canada, community courts and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Some of our partners:

our programs

Jobs Skills Program

Helps women get back into the workplace by gaining confidence and job skills through working in our social-enterprise thrift store.

Youth Initiatives Program

Offering youth valuable credits to meet their school’s requirement for community volunteer career and planning (CAP) hours.

Gift Certificate Program

Women in need are sent to us by our community partners. We provide them with gift certificates so they can purchase the clothing and household goods they need to set up a home and move forward in their lives.

Ready For Work

Hands-on employment training for women and youth in our busy retail store. Internships are three months long, with monthly evaluations. At the end of the internship, we provide participants with a reference letter and interview outfit for their job search.


A monthly support group that addresses a variety of topics, from addictions and mental health to general well being and self-care. See our dates, times, upcoming topics and expert speakers.

Shake That Thing

An introductory course with a series of movements to help women change powerful emotions and create new ways of being.