WHO WE ARE
We are a completely volunteer based organization who came together with a common purpose of serving those in need. A social worker once said to us: “When you have been through a hard time and feel completely messed up on the inside, it helps to at least feel good on the outside.. and your clothing does that for our clients.”
The Caring Clothes Closet was started by a Shady Grove United Methodist Church member who was actively serving with United Methodist Family Services. For many children, arriving at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) for the first time can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. Whether they are entering the Child and Family Healing Center, Charterhouse School, or Treatment Foster Care, they are often overwhelmed with the adjustments they have to make; a new bed to sleep in, a new adult to turn to for help, a new place to call “home”- just to name a few. In addition to all of the adjustments they have to make, more often than not, children are arriving to UMFS with just the clothes on their backs and a few other items to get through the current season. For years, UMFS accepted clothing donations and shoes on campus, but storage space was a constant issue. A member of Shady Grove UMC began helping with clothing needs by taking clothing donations and working out of her garage. After the donations became too much to handle out of a small space in the garage, they were moved to the church campus and the Caring Clothes Closet (CCC) was born.
In April 2017 the CCC became a 501C3 and has increased it's reach within the Metropolitan area.
The Caring Clothes Closet RVA provides free consignment clothing and comfort bags to people in the metropolitan Richmond area who are in a short term crisis or in an extended at-risk situation.
Short term crisis can be defined as a person with no income, little to no skills or education, unstable housing, unreliable childcare, and no or unreliable transportation.
At risk is defined as someone seeking a job whether seasonal or temporary, seeking some sort of education, has temporary or transitional housing, and has unstable childcare and/or transportation.
IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and Executive Director – Sara Fender
Director – Jenn Bradshaw
Training Manager – Nancy Willard
Intake Coordinator – Angie Wetzel
Outtake Coordinator – Judy Lewis
Calendar and Communication Coordinator – Dottie Chilton
Bags 4 Kids Director – Jody Floegel
President – Sara Fender
Vice President – Jody Floegel
Secretary – Jennifer Bradshaw
Treasurer – Karen Lee
Corresponding Secretary – Angie Wetzel
Beanie Kelly – SGUMC Associate Pastor, Ex-Officio member