Other than food and shelter, clothing is one of our basic human needs. While the meals we serve and roofs we find for our residents are essential, we also collect clothes and make them available in our Clothing Closet. In addition to day-to-day wear, the clothes help our guests dress for success when searching for a job.
Those receiving services at GRACE Marketplace can use the Clothing Closet on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. GRACE staff members provide clothes for those in emergency need during the rest of the week.
Getting a sustainable wage job is an important step to ending homelessness in our community, so it's important to provide our residents with clothing options that can boost their chances of getting hired.
For example, not having a pair of work boots can prevent one of our residents from being hired for a construction job. These boots, which cost about $25, are required for safety reasons. Those without the proper footwear are passed over instead of earning a shot at getting a job. Non-slip shoes and boots are prized commodities at GRACE, and members of the community who donate them can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
While other residents rely on our closet for everyday wear, some also turn to us for suits and dresses or other nicer clothing that can increase their likelihood of making a positive impression at a job interview. A major step in ending homelessness is helping people find employment so they can better take care of themselves, and our Clothing Closet is making a tangible difference in that effort.
For more information on donating to the GRACE Marketplace Clothing Closet or to arrange for local pick-up, contact Nancy Shaffer by email at [email protected] or call 352-468-2627 (home) or 352-359-5977 (cell).
- Work boots with steel toes
- Men's underwear (briefs and boxers)
- Women's underwear (briefs and bras)
- Flip-flops/shower shoes
- Athletic shoes
- Raincoats and umbrellas
- T-shirts and tank-tops
- Short- and long-sleeved dress shirts
- Costume jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets)