Very low income families, including those with children, may be able to receive free clothing and household goods from clothing closets that are located across Franklin County Ohio. There are also several thrift stores that are open to the general public, and they will sell gently used, but affordable goods.
Many of the centers are run as client choice locations, meaning individuals will only select what they need. Vouchers will be used in some cases. The clothing closets are often run by churches, charities, and other Franklin County Ohio non-profit organizations. In fact, they depend on donations from people in the community to get them running.
What an individual will find at a location will vary. The hours are also limited. Sites may have winter coats or hats for children. Other will provide parents with free job interview or work appropriate clothes, such as suits or dresses. Special seasonal programs are offered as well, including backpacks or notebooks for back to school or free holiday meals or gifts for children from the greater Columbus community.
Church and Community Development for All People - United Methodist Free Store
Address is 946 South Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
Phone number - (614) 443-1713
The church offers free clothing, blankets, household items and referrals to social services to families in need.
Church of the Good Shepherd
6176 Sharon Woods Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43229
For hours, dial (614) 326-9062
Runs a free store. Based on donations, it primarily provides clothing, personal hygiene items and some small household items in Franklin County.
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center
14 West Lakeview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43202
Grace Central Presbyterian Church
Location of clothing bank is 237 West Second Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Offers clothing to children, low-income individuals, seniors and families. Boots, shoes, school uniforms, and more is passed out.
Hilltop Lutheran Church - Clothes Shop
2445 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43204
Distributes gently used, affordable clothing, school supplies, toys, and other items for all ages at an extreme discount. So this is a regional thrift stores.
Imani Christian Church
Address - 286 Belvidere Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Telephone: (614) 373-6918
Other items may include holiday goods, school supplies or uniforms, and more.
Inner City Ministries
846 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
Offers supply of general clothing items.
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church - Soup kitchen too
Main address is 428 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Main phone - (614) 222-6717
New Life United Methodist Church
25 West Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Free gently used coats, clothing and household linens. Other clothes passed out include new socks, underwear, hats and personal hygiene products for free. The homeless can stop by too.
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church - Mission House
1880 Agler Road
Columbus, OH 43224
Salvation Army in Central Ohio
966 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205, telephone (614) 253-6811
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206, main phone (614) 449-8066
2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204, (614) 274-7600
3662 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43224, (614) 262-9611
760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, OH 43085, (614) 846-1884
Provides material assistance and basic needs. This may include access to a food pantry and clothing bank. Other items from thrift stores are furniture, small appliances, clothing and referrals to other community services and resources in Franklin County. Free toys and meals are offered at Christmas as part of Angel Tree and other programs.
Second Baptist Church
Address: 186 North 17th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Offers free clothing. Meals, blankets, and other goods are provided too.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Clothing Distribution Center
578 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone - (614) 221-3554
A clothing bank and pantry are on site. Or get referrals to low income housing or financial aid. The charity relies on volunteers.
Stonybrook United Methodist Church
485 Cherry Bottom Road
Columbus, OH 43230
Call the center at (614) 471-0252
Veterans First Foundation
1205 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
Westside Free Store Ministries
61 South Powell Avenue
Columbus, OH 43204
Welcome Warehouse at Indian Run Methodist Church
Location is 6305 Brand Road
Dublin, OH 43016
Call (614) 726-6958
Has housewares, free clothes, personal care items (soap and shampoo, etc.) to low income and working poor families in need.