This program helps low-income families receive free clothing. While many agencies distribute clothing, very few will serve anyone that asks. Generally clothes that are distributed through other agencies are not free, and the clothes are most often used. One of the unusual aspects of this program is that the majority of clothes given away are new.
A unique feature of this program is that it is a partnership between three different agencies; the Downtown Ecumenical Service Council (DESC), Dignity-U-Wear, and Presbyterian Social Ministries …
- DESC – this organization currently incorporates a Clothing Warehouse within its service area. DESC already gives away food and financial aid. Giving away clothes rounds out their services to low-income and homeless people.
- Dignity-U-Wear – collects surplus clothing from clothing manufacturers around the country and gives a portion of those to this program.
In 2012, the Clothing Ministry served 6,129 adults and 2,771 children, and a total of 5,625 households. In addition to the Clothing Ministry from which we directly distribute, we also give clothing to other agencies. This includes St John’s County to help them start a clothing program, several pregnancy programs (e.g. Pregnancy Center, St Gerard House, etc), and we have shipped clothing to Haiti. All told, in 2012 the Clothing Ministry gave away 242,578 articles of clothing