The Hope Avenue Clothing Closet is open every Saturday morning from 8-11 am as a part of Hope Avenue Twin Cities. By offering free clothing to people experiencing homelessness, we work to bring material help and hope for a better tomorrow to those desperately trying to survive on the streets of our city.
The cycle of homelessness is hard to break. People experiencing homelessness, with limited means and minimal finances, usually cannot replace their shoes or clothing when they wear out. They desperately need a helping ‘hand up’ out of this cycle.
The lack of clean, well-fitting clothes and shoes causes great hardship beyond exposure to the elements – it hurts one’s self-image and one’s chance to get ahead. People experiencing homelessness must travel light, with few opportunities to safely store or adequately clean what they can’t carry. On job interviews, a poorly dressed person has little chance for success. – How YOU Can Help by the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Our greatest clothing need in Hope Avenue Twin Cities is for men’s clothes but we also accept women’s and children’s clothes for our other clothing ministries. If you are interested in donating, please contact Pastor Becky Hanson.
- Men’s Clothing – pants, shorts, shirts, shoes, hoodies, sweatshirts, underwear, socks, belts
Items with small to medium rips, holes, paint or stains are considered if they still have a good bit of wear left. All clothing must be clean and ready to wear.
- Men’s and Women’s Winter Gear – winter coats, fleece, boots, snow pants, long underwear, gloves, scarves, hats, items that can be layered to add extra warmth
- Jackets and Rain Coats
- Personal Hygiene Items – deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, feminine hygiene products
Items must be new and unopened and may be travel size or full size.
- Sleeping Bags
- Paper Grocery Bags with Handles
- [Please note seasonal needs, winter boots are not needed in the summer.]