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 Boutique. 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 GRACE Boutique on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and every second and third Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
For more information on donating to the GRACE Boutique, contact Amy by email at [email protected] or call 352-792-0800 x119.
- Work boots with steel toes
- Smaller sized men's pants
- New men's underwear (briefs and boxers)
- New women's underwear (briefs and bras)
- Coats and jackets
- Flip-flops/shower shoes
- Athletic shoes
- Raincoats and umbrellas
- Plain t-shirts
- Costume jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets)