Meet the Owner
One Accord is the product of two worlds colliding: retail and philanthropy.
With a retail/management/marketing background Stephanie Dowling has worked in the retail apparel industry and the retail home furnishings industry (part time with her husband) for over 20 years. After their third child was born with several health hiccups (mild cerebral palsy and ASD), she left the workforce to take care of their daughter.
During this time she was at home with her children, she was given the opportunity to travel on several international mission trips. These trips left her heart broken over the spiritual and physical poverty of the people in these countries. The unemployment rate was horrible, abuse was rampant, and children were starving! She knew that the Lord had taken her to these places for a reason and she often thought "what could I do?"
Years later, at a Christian conference, a speaker was challenging everyone with these questions: "Who is hanging in the balance of your yes?" and "What would you do if you knew you would not fail?" Her answer was two-fold: open a retail storefront offering quality products that give back to those in need AND offering a space for local retailers and artisans to showcase their products.
"Somehow the Lord in His inﬁnite wisdom and sovereignty allowed these two worlds to collide."
One Accord opened their doors in October of 2015, offering a large selection of apparel, jewelry, shoes, and handbags that provide jobs, education, and food to some of the most marginalized people groups in the world. They also host over 20 local retailers and artisans in their store!
Stephanie has had an incredible opportunity to partner with some of the most amazing people throughout Sumter, the United States, and the world. One Accord not only gets to bring awareness of serious issues like human trafﬁcking, extreme poverty, and hunger to their customers, but they offer their customer’s the power to change people’s lives through purchases with purpose.
One Accord contributes to their local community as well! After the October 2015 flooding in SC, One Accord collected and distributed clothes, toiletries, formula, and water to ﬂood victims. They also house a crisis closet in their store. The crisis closet provides clothing to women who are in safe houses after suffering from domestic violence and provides essentials to new foster parents.
"We were created to serve-and we want to be a good servant to our city."
“Purchase with purpose” is more than just a catchy phrase...it’s a movement. Lives around the world are being radically transformed by these companies who are investing in poverty stricken people groups. The cycle of poverty will be broken. Dignity, value, and purpose are being restored. Stephanie thought, "If we can be a small piece of that big picture-I am ALL IN." Thank you for partnering with One Accord and being a part of the change!
Stephanie Dowling One Accord founder/owner
*Stephanie and her husband, Chad, are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year and they have 3 daughters. They live in Sumter, South Carolina.