The Clothes Closet
The word "Closet" can mean cabinet or storage place and the word "Treasures" can mean possessions, resources or assets. LifeNet has a "Closet" filled with "Treasures" needed by our clients.
Started Thanksgiving weekend 2007 from a miraculous donation of over 2,200 gently worn coats after a bitter cold snap, LifeNet’s Clothes Closet began distributing 7, then 10, then 15 items per visit out of a tiny 90 square foot room at the old Northwest Highway location. In January 2009 at the new Skillman Street location, the “Closet” was greatly expanded in size and scope. With over 432 square feet, the LifeNet Clothes Closet now encompasses gifts of every kind of household and clothing item known to man (kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans, bed linens, towels, lamps, pictures, rugs, toiletries, costume jewelry, clothes and just about anything needed in daily life) for clients and their family including infants to adults.
Thanks to LifeNet’s partnership with Captain Hope’s Kids, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and all school age children benefit from everything: diapers, baby powder and lotion to car seats, clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies to hygiene and fragrance products for teens just to name a few.
Adults benefit with gently used clean clothing of every size for men and women. LifeNet's Clothes Closet is a real need for clothing of all types. Case Managers give clients “Clothes Closet Voucher.” Right now we are limiting the number of items a client can select from the closet due to a decrease in donations.
In the words of a grateful client with tears in his eyes, “Thank you to LifeNet donors for providing me clothes to interview for my new job and clothes to work in. I can’t believe I received a set of sheets; towels, dishes and pans for my kitchen and a lamp. I even got some aftershave. To think two months ago I was homeless and now I feel on top of the world thanks to generous people. You truly became my LifeNet.”
The Clothes Closet is manned by a host of volunteers. To see current needs click on Current Needs.