After Foundations For Living moved into a larger space on Churchill Street, the organization also decided to open the Community Clothing Closet there.
A clothing distribution previously took place at Ruby’s Pantry, which is located on 10th Street.
Foundations For Living had two offices in the Ruby’s Pantry building until FFL moved to 1421 Churchill St. last December.
“When we moved in here and had extra space, we decided to open a clothes closet,” said Krisann Marcy, FFL’s chair and the director of the Community Clothing Closet.
The clothes closet opened in February.
It occupies just under half of the 4,890-square-foot building, said Robin Madson, FFL’s executive director. The entrance to it is through the building’s third door.
The Community Clothing Closet is open from 1-4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday. It is also open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, the day of the food distribution at Ruby’s Pantry.
Clothing for infants to adults is inside the clothes closet.
“It’s open to everybody and is $5 per bag for anybody and we supply the bags,” Madson said. “Families in need receive one free bag per person.”
Marcy said, “The $5 is to keep the lights on so we can keep doing what we do.”
FFL leases the space in the building, and income from the clothes closet goes toward the rent, utilities and to help others, she said.
In addition to the donated clothes, FFL received racks and hangers from Fleet Farm, Madson said.
She said a Ripon business that closed donated more than $3,000 worth of new clothing and racks for the Community Clothes Closet.
“We get clothing with tags on it all the time,” said Marcy.
The clothes closet includes shoes, purses, accessories, scrubs, blankets and some sheets.
Volunteers sort through the donations and staff the store when it is open.
“It’s all volunteers. No one gets paid,” Marcy said.
Madson said FFL is always looking for more volunteers to staff the store.
“The goal is we’d like to have this open every single day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” she said. “But, we need volunteers willing to commit.”
Those interested in volunteering may call 715-942-2725.
Donations may be dropped off at the FFL office (the building’s first door) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We just need people to come in and start shopping,” Marcy said.