Friday, February 25, 2011

St Anthonys Clothing Program (California)

St. Anthony Foundation’s Free Clothing Program is San Francisco’s largest free clothing program, providing warm clothes, interview or employment apparel, and children’s clothing to homeless and low-income families and individuals five days a week. Through nearly 4,500 donations from individuals and corporate partners and the dedication of 650 volunteer hours, the program provides free like-new clothing to 29,000 men, women and children each year.

The average family spends $700 a year on clothing a growing child; the majority of families have two or three children which can mean spending up to $2,100 a year. For a low-income or single parent struggling to pay rent, health costs and other critical bills, a clothing budget may be nonexistent. Our multilingual staff welcomes guests in a store-like environment where they select their own household and clothing items to best suit their needs. Whether wardrobe items for a job, warm clothes for winter months, or school clothes for growing young boys and girls, the Clothing Program provides high-quality clothes that instill a stronger sense of self-worth and dignity, and improve personal presentation to help clients secure and maintain employment. 

In addition to the ongoing services at the Clothing Program’s Mission Street location, an emergency clothing closet next door to St. Anthony Dining Room provides emergency clothing to guests who would not otherwise make it to clothing services. Through this expanded service we can ensure that seniors and guests with disabilities receive clothes necessary for their safety, comfort and dignity.

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