In 1995 Kathy Miner founded a SF based nonprofit providing professional clothing and image counseling to low income women, men, young adults and homeless vets. Over the course of 19 years A Miner Miracle helped over 20,000 people move into the workforce. The agency was recognized locally with the Jefferson Award for service and nationally with a 8 page feature in Life Magazine, and the "Oprah Angel Network" award.
A Miner Miracle had their first Clothing Event Sale in 2003 with over 2000 Famous Maker fashions. It was wildly successful and A Miner Miracle SHOP, the agencies fundraising vehicle, was born.
Kathy went to New York to meet and work with manufacturers and designers who were willing to sell her new, first run, in season Off-Price clothing which allowed her to sell everything at 50-80% below retail.
December 2003, A Miner Miracle SHOP opened its first retail store and in 2008 the second retail store was opened in Union Square. In 2012, after 19 years of serving the low income community of the Bay area, A Miner Miracle non- profit closed it's doors. Their status changed to a for profit social enterprise venture. This allowed SHOP to carry on its philanthropic activities through selling clothes.