Working together for good About Us
Simple & Just is a non-profit resale shop. Our profits fund critical needs including safe shelters, mental health services, development of life skills, and creating pathways into education and employment for vulnerable. Our funds provide employment, mentoring, training, and clothing while giving survivors skills to succeed on their own. We provide sustainable funding in the Seattle and Portland to partners who provide care to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. 100% of our profits go to this important mission.
Thank you for giving – 100% of our profit will go to these precious ones. We will also provide essential internship opportunities to those whose hearts are beating for an opportunity to gain skills and change the world. Simple & Just opened its first shop in Seattle during 2016 and built a strong community that provided crucial support and services to survivors. Expanding our reach a second shop in Portland opened during 2018. Then after 5 years in Queen Anne, Simple & Just outgrew its space and found a new home in the Ballard neighborhood.
Let’s work together for good – it’s simple and just.
Carolyn Quatier, a non profit life-er, is a passionate supporter of women and children with need of care. She is a former high school teacher, and a mom of four. In addition, she and her husband Dan, own a company called Interior Technology, with offices in Portland and Seattle. She leads with vision and creativity to bring pathways of support to those in need. Ask Carolyn about Stella, “The Queen Ween” and her love of dogs. Maybe you’ll see Stella in the shop!
Nicole brings us our professionalism. She has invested 20 years at Nordstrom and is a successful Real Estate specialist in Seattle, Washington. She is a mom of two, and a dedicated yoga enthusiast. She has volunteered faithfully for years, and provides us with an insiders view of the volunteer experience. Her talents in merchandizing will be noticeable at the shop! Her new hobby and passion are working on their fabulous mid-century home.
Alexandra Edwards | Seattle
You may be familiar with our current shopkeeper Alex since she started out as one of our part-time employees! Alex took over the shopkeeper position in June 2021 after working part-time at our Queen Anne location for 5 months. Alex grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and went to Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. With a BFA in Interior Design, she has a creative eye and a heart to understand the harsh realities of sexual exploitation to help survivors to reach their full potential.
Carol Chanchaleune | Portland
Carol has been a part of the Simple & Just family since Summer of 2019. She has a keen sense to serve her community and has loved helping our Portland shop grow to reach more people in need. She brings a rounded design background from project management and design studies at George Fox University along with photography and social studies abroad at Roehampton University in London. She has enjoyed applying her skills to fashion projects in the past and can be found gathering outfits for customers in shop anytime! Carol aims to continue creating and serving with an eye towards ethics and sustainability.
We come together with partners to help survivors with a belief that the sum is bigger than the parts. With a goal of funding holistic care that encompasses survivors and their caregivers, our work is inspired by the impact we have in honoring the dignity of all people through our funding of programs with key partners.
Northwest Children’s Outreach provides emergency supplies to children in need (clothing, hygiene items, books, etc.)
Mending the Soul equips community and church leaders with resources to provide an informed and compassionate response to those impacted by abuse. Their community-based healing models are being implemented around the world.
OPS provides Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) victim services, with an emphasis on adult survivors of prostitution, focusing in three areas: 1) Creating a supportive and restorative community for survivors to exit from prostitution and build new lives; 2) changing cultural norms of gender-based violence through men’s accountability programming; and 3) providing community training and education on CSE.
REST offers pathways to freedom, safety, and hope to individuals who have experienced the sex trade. REST offers a full continuum of care with programs that provide relationship-based, survivor-centered, and trauma-informed services for hundreds of women and men in our community who have been exploited in the sex trade each year.