Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
To serve our local community through:
- vouchers for low-income residents and those recovering from crisis, providing clothing and home textiles (application-based, $25 per household member every 6 months);
- emergency financial assistance for those facing a crisis (application-based);
- emergency warming packs for those without housing;
- learning opportunities through free clothing repair workshops held the first Wednesday of each month, with free access to tools like sewing machines to fix a favourite garment; and
- reduction of textile waste, providing a sustainable alternative for purchasing and directing unsellable garments to a textile recycling stream, keeping clothes out of landfills.
Several volunteers and one part-time staff member facilitate the services we provide to our community and maintain the inventory in our shop, which ranges from clothes for kids to adults, swimwear to winter coats, sports wear to business professional, home linens, and beyond. All are welcome to shop from 11 am to 6 pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Donated clothing and emergency assistance for families have an intertwined history in Forks. In 1955, a Disaster Relief Committee was established under the Forks City Council. The Committee operated on small grants for many years. The process changed in 1976, when a local family of eight lost their home in a fire. The community turned out a huge outpouring of support, including many articles of clothing. Good clothing that the family could not use was returned to Ginger Haberman, the chair of the Disaster Relief Committee at the time, and Ginger stored it in her own home.
For the next few years, people could drop off and those who needed it could pick up clothing from Ginger’s home. Gradually, that project morphed into the clothing bank, with a dedicated space at 181 Bogachiel Way. Church of the Nazarene graciously donated a facility to our organization in 2023. As of, August 25th, 2023, we are operating at 170 Sold Duc Way.
Operations closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But in October 2021, the shop and Relief committee were re-launched by Layla Rawls, Sena Engeseth, Char Weston, Dave Youngberg and Heather Lietzke. In honor of Ginger Haberman, the shop has been re-named Ginger’s Closet.
Church of the Nazarene graciously donated a facility to our organization in 2023. As of, August 25th, 2023, we are operating at 170 Sold Duc Way.
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