Creating Hope with Care and Clothes

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 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.”  

Our Story

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.

Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

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

Ann Vaughan

Amy Davis

Bruce Willard

Gregg Butler

Beanie Kelly – SGUMC Associate Pastor, Ex-Officio member