It’s getting cold and you’re not getting any richer. If you’re in need of clothing for you or your children, this thread will be helpful. We’ll be adding to the list by major city as we obtain the information starting with NYC.
New York City clothing closets and thrift stores.
The greater New York City area has dozens of clothing closets and thrift stores. Centers are located in all boroughs, including Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While some of the locations will provide free items, baby supplies, work attire, and more to low income, other centers will sell gently used items. In addition to providing clothing, some of the New York City centers will offer additional aid, such as food, shelter, or referrals to emergency assistance. If a location is not near you, or can’t meet your needs, then they can often provide referrals to other programs or local charities.
Most of the centers rely heavily on donations from the community. Resources are always limited, and unfortunately not everyone will be able to receive free clothing or other support. Some of the items in highest demand tend to be winter coats for children, professional suits or dresses, shoes, and also assistance around the holidays. So those items will be distributed in short order. Some of the New York City thrift stores may also sell gently used furniture, cribs, or appliances. If your income is low enough, the clothing closet or thrift store may provide a voucher so you can receive the item for free.
St. Ann’s Church of Morrisania
295 St. Ann’s Ave., 140th St.
Telephone – (718) 585-5632
This church will usually have a bin of clothing, and people can help themselves to what they need.
Address – 326 E. 150th St.
Call (718) 292-9090
A number of social services, clothing, and other aid is offered to clients who have a referral. Winter coats for children, meals, food boxes, and shoes/boots are just some of the services that are offered. The charity will also have limited amounts of financial assistance for rental or utility bill needs.
St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 1343 Fulton Ave. between 169 and 170 St.
Call (718) 293-0300
This religious center will usually require the client to have a referral letter, which is usually obtained from a social or human service office.
Ephesus 7th Day Adventist
101 West 123rd Street at Lenox Avenue
Phone number – (212) 662-5536
Offers men, women, and casual clothing.
91 Claremont Avenue
Clients need a referral.
St. John the Divine Crisis, Intervention & Opportunity Center
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Center is only open Tuesday, Thursday 10am-1pm
Phone – (212) 316-7540
May have uniforms and professional work attire.
Soul Saving Station
302 West 124th Street
Call the center at (212) 663-3532
Will have referrals, guidance, and basic supplies. This can include personal hygiene, clothing for children and adults, and maybe even a meal.
St. John the Baptist Church
Location is 75 Lewis Ave, Bed-Sty
Call (718) 455-6864 for hours, which are usually Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Unique Thrift Store
Location – 408 Fulton St
This location sells items to the general public.
515 Blake Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207
Offers assistance to low income families and the homeless. Programs include job training and domestic violence shelters, book, backpacks and other free school supplies.
The Salvation Army
Location – 22 Quincy St.
The corps center has a clothing closet and thrift store. Other services include a food pantry, limited financial help for energy bills, holiday meals, and aid for low income families and seniors.
Call (212) 674-3456
In order to receive clothing, school items, or other support a referral is required.
Location – 150 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
Call (212) 721-5879
Case workers and staff provide a comprehensive continuum of care. The center provides food, clothing and shelter. Other self-sufficiency offered is education, vocational training, legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing.
320 E 82nd St. New York, NY 10028
Helps teens become self reliant, healthy adults, and may also have baby clothing for them.
Cathedral Community Cares, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Free professional clothes, such as skirts, suits, ties, and dress shirts are available if you have a referral. Other items are also located on site, such as shoes, socks, and standard attire.
East 7th St. Baptist Church
Main address – 205 E. 7th Street
AIDS Service Center (ASC)
41 E 11th St. New York, NY 10003
Call (212) 645-0875 for information.
May have personal toiletry items.
Ephesus 7th Day Adventist Church
101 W. 123rd St. at Lenox Ave. (2nd door, ring bell)
Call (212) 662-5536
No referral is needed.
Holy Ghost Pentacostal Faith Church for all Nations
13-15 E. 125th Street
Main phone – (646) 873-0281
East 7th Street Graffiti Church
184 E. 7th street between Avenue B and C
Call (212) 473-0044
Offers casual clothing.
Grace and Hope Mission
114 3rd Avenue (14th)
Dial (212) 982-1230
Joseph House Catholic Worker
36 East 1st Street
Telephone number – (212) 254-1640
Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street Avenue
(212) 477-0666. Hours are Wednesday 12pm – 3pm, Thursday
St. John’s Lutheran Church
1343 Fulton Avenue
The clothing closet in only open on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Phone – (718) 293-0300
CHIPS Park Slope Christian Help, Inc.
Location is 200 4th Avenue
Main number – 718-237-2962
Open Door Church of God in Christ – Outreach Ministry
Primary address: 999 Green Avenue
Telephone number – 718-455-3545
Salvation Army Bay Ridge Community Center
252 86th Street
May have food, free school supplies, holiday programs such as the Angel Tree, and cash assistance for bills, rent, and medications.
St. John the Baptist
75 Lewis Avenue, Bed-Sty
Call the center at (718) 455-6864
Angel Street Thrift Shop
118 W 17th St
Sells items to the general public.
Salvation Army Thrift Store
208 E 23rd St.
New York, NYC
Similar to most Salvation Army centers. Has an on site food pantry, thrift store, and may even be able to deliver meals or household supplies to the homebound. Free toys and gifts may be offered to children around Christmas. Or get information on government aid such as HEAP.
New York City Rescue Mission
90 Lafayette St. near Canal
Call the center at (212) 226-6214 for intake.
Meals, clothing, and more is offered for the homeless and very low income. The charity can also arrange shelter and short term transitional housing. The NYC Rescue Mission is the oldest location in the nation. It offers services such as spiritual hope, clothing, bedding, furniture, food and shelter. There are several offices in the various boroughs.
St. John the Divine Crisis Center
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Has clothing for children, babies, seniors, and women. A written referral is not needed, except if you need professional work clothes or uniforms.
Cancer Care Thrift Shop
1480 3rd Ave
Housing Works Thrift Shops
130 Crosby St.
May sell gently used items such as couches, clothing, or household supplies, such as baby items.
St. Paul the Apostle Church
60th St. and Columbus Ave.
Main phone – (212) 265-3209
Clothing, shirts, shoes, and more is offered for children, women, and children.
St. Paul’s House
Main address is 335 W. 51st St.
Telephone number is (212) 265-5433
Note this charity only offers a soup kitchen and food pantry. They no longer have clothes, but there may be referrals.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
308 West 46th Street
Provides items only on the 1st Monday of each month
Call ahead for an appointment – (212) 246-3540
Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
Dial (212) 594-4464
May have casual outerwear. Only operates during the winter, so they may have coats, boots, blankets, and more.
Godian Fellowship Church
106-07 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Telephone: (718) 523-7309
Limited hours are Monday and Thursday, 11 am to 3 pm. Call for referrals, work uniforms, supplies, or clothes for your family. Donations and contributions are always welcome.
Bayside Thrift Shop Ltd
14402 Northern Blvd
Flushing in Queens
Call (718) 460-4141
3236 Steinway St.
Long Island City
Phone number – (718) 932-0418
Relies heavily on donations. It can provide children with winter coats or books, the homeless with a hot meal, and even has information on local job training programs.
Address – 514 Bay Street
Call – (718) 815-0800
Assistance is offered for the homeless, unemployed, and people who are really struggling.
Regional New York City clothing centers and charities
St. John the Divine Cathedral – Community Cares
Main address is 1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
Telephone – (212) 316-7540
The church provides an array of support services to the low income and those in need. Resources include a Crisis Center, free professional and emergency clothing, emergency food and a soup kitchen, a shelter for men, emergency food pantry, advocacy, training and intervention. Other items, while more limited, may be beds, household goods, bedding and linens, clothes, and equipment. Call (212) 316-7540.
Address 520 8th Ave #8 New York, NY 10018
Phone number – (212) 736-1777
The charity distributes donations of new or gently used baby clothes, products, or gear to nonprofit community partners. Those agencies then distribute the items directly to low-income and homeless families in the greater New York region.
Furniture Distribution Program – (212) 306-3472
The center delivers free, used household items and furniture to families who have come out of a shelter.
Room to Grow offers assistance to mothers in poverty. It can provide them with essential provisions for their babies. Call the non-profit for clothing, toys, baby monitors, books, video/music tapes, blankets and bedding, bottles, teethers, bassinets, high chairs and strollers, baby carriers, swings, exersaucers, diaper bags, accessories. Phone (212) 620-7800
15 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Telephone – (212) 563-2499
Economically disadvantaged and unemployed New York City women can get professional work or interview clothing. Job-preparedness training is also offered.
NYC Clothing Bank
This non-profit works with local churches, shelter, soup kitchens and charities. They distribute new clothes and merchandise to these organizations, when then distribute the items to the needy.
Dress for Success
Location – 32 E 31st St # 602 New York, NY 10016
The focus is on women who are looking for a job. The charity provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development skills.
New York, NY 10271
Call (212) 577-6190
Men can receive interview clothing, motivation and follow-up , as well as free job training, resume review, and other aid.
Bloomingdale School of Music
Phone – (212) 663-6021
The center offers music instruction and maybe even instruments to underprivileged children and adults.
Housing Works, Inc.
Main address – 743 E 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-7999 or (347) 473-7400
Supports AIDs patients in the boroughs. The center will distribute donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry , accessories, basic art and furniture.
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS)
157 E 86th St
New York, NY 10128
Dial (212) 537-5080
May have some basic needs for the homeless, such as socks, underwear, toothbrushes, soap, hygiene kits. Will also work with them in finding shelter and permanent housing.
The non-profit brings computers and technology to NYC students and deprived children and families.
Dial (718) 772-0631
Lions Club International has distributed free eyeglasses. It offers both prescription and non-prescription, reading glasses and even free sunglasses. Call (609) 882-3332 for information and conditions to qualify.
School supplies are offered from The Pencil Box (which use to be called the PENCIL Resource Bank) and Tools4Schools. Both of these can provide students from lower income families with free or low cost computers, musical instruments, furniture, books, science equipment, and art supplies. Visit their website or dial (646) 548-9675.