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Gender neutral clothing and hygiene products on Main St.

BENNINGTON — Main Street has always been a place for teens to gather. Now, thanks to Threads, downtown Bennington is also a safe haven for any teen who needs extra support.

Threads, at 439 Main St., was created only for teens. Inside, visitors can find gender-neutral clothes, accessories, toiletries and menstrual products — all free of charge.

Kimberly Phillips-Roderigue, the restorative programs director at Center for Restorative Justice, said Threads started as a way for teens to get clothes they can feel comfortable in. Through no fault of their own, Phillips-Roderigue noted, teens might be embarrassed and stay home from school because they don’t have access to laundry or hygiene products.

Since Threads has teamed up with Alliance for Community Transformations and the Take Care Project, teens in Bennington have access to a wide variety of clothing and various hygiene products. In the shop, everything is free and the staff work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable. Read more »

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