People in need of help may be able to receive free clothing. Many non-profits, churches, and charities in Los Angeles County collect and distribute clothing such as blankets, coats, work uniforms, and other household items to people in need of assistance and who meet qualifications. Items are mostly collected from donations, and they are then distributed from so called clothing closets or banks as well as thrift stores. Some centers may oversee special Christmas gift programs as well.
Tens of thousands of struggling, low income, or disadvantaged families across Los Angeles use the centers every year. Many are referred to a clothing closet from local non-profits, charities, or human service agencies, such as the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities. The recipients of these services and people who use the centers are able to get assistance in meeting their clothing needs while freeing up other income to pay for other basic needs as food, utilities, or rent.
Free clothing may be offered for children and teenagers in school. Professional work attire may be available as well, along with uniforms. Coats for cooler weather are always in high demand. Affordable, quality clothing is more than a basic need. It is needed to advance a career, or to just fit in socially. For those who can’t also afford an item, the Los Angeles County thrift stores and clothing closets can be a great resource for you.
African American Unity Center
944 W. 53rd Los Angeles, California 90037, call (323) 789-7300
Provides clothing, food, employment services, and job training.
Arcadia Welfare and Thrift Shop
Address: 323 N. 1st Ave. Arcadia, California 91006, (626) 447-6864
Families who live in Arcadia Unified School District can receive clothing or food in an emergency, if they are qualified.
Assist League – Several locations operate around southern California. Volunteers and social workers offer the less fortunate, children, and the needy a variety of assistance programs, including clothing, health kits, family services, and more. Call (323) 469-5893
Avalon City Park, P.O. Box 1980 Avalon, CA 90704. This center provides job referrals, clothing, emergency food, utility assistance, showers, shelter, and food.
Berean Community Services
Address: 4211 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90018
Primary address: 1761 Washington Way Venice, CA 90291, dial (310) 821-6116
Catholic Charities - Brother Miguel Center
315 N. Park Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
Various social services and counseling services are available for low income families and individuals. Assistance includes shelter, food, vouchers for clothing, school items, and more.
Catholic Charities - Glendale
4322 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, CA 91204, (818) 409-3080
Provides assistance such as clothing to the poor, at-risk youth and immigrants.
Catholic Charities: Long Beach
Address: 123 E. 14th Street Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 591-1351
Programs offer food, transportation, clothing, hygiene and baby items, immigration assistance, counseling, and more. A thrift store will be at most locations.
Central Baptist Church
Main address: 1641 E. Carson Street Carson, California 90745, (310) 830-2596
Children's Network International
Location is - P.O. Box 1858 Los Angeles, California 90078, (323) 980-9870
Christian Outreach in Action
Address: P.O. Box 2490 Long Beach, CA 90801, (562) 432-1440
Items and services for the region include clothing, referrals, blankets, and shelter.
Community Service Ministry
Address: 333 W. Florence Ave. Inglewood, California 90301
Dorcus Community Services
4211 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Downtown Service Center
Address: 1021 S. Hope St. Los Angeles, California 90015
Duarte Community Service Council
P.O. Box 75 Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-9487
Baby supplies, clothing, school supplies and food are offered in an emergency.
East San Gabriel Valley Coalition
Address: 1345 Turnbull Canyon Road Hacienda Heights, CA 91745, call (626) 333-7204
Volunteers and others at this center provide the low income hygiene kits, sack lunches, bus tokens, clothing, and more.
Eastmont Community Center
Center is located at 701 S. Hoefner Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022, (323) 726-7998
Services include tenants rights assistance, food, clothing for work or school, job referrals, and even classes such as ESL education.
First A.M.E. Church
Address: 2270 Harvard Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90018, (323) 730-9199
Offers new or gently used clothing, infant formula, vouchers, and job referrals. Many items are provided for free.
First Baptist Church
Address: 2118 W. Carson Torrance, CA 90501, Telephone number is (310) 328-5030
First SDA Church: Long Beach
Address: 1001 E. Third Street Long Beach, CA 90802
First Unitarian Church
Address: 2936 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, California 90005, (213) 401-1190
First United Methodist: Redondo
243 S. Broadway Redondo Beach, CA 90277, call (310) 372-8445
Food Net Los Nietos Service Center
Address: 11640 E. Slauson Ave. Whittier, CA 90606
Programs and services provide hot meals for seniors, clothing, holiday and Christmas food and gift baskets, referrals and job finding assistance programs.
Foothill Unity Center
415 W. Chestnut Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016, phone number (626) 359-1777
Address: 1005 E. Palmer Street Compton, California 90221, (310) 638-5814
Fred Jordan Missions
Address: 445 S. Towne Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 489-7763
Address: 245 N. Fries Ave. Wilmington, CA 90744
The non-profit charity will collect and distribute food, clothing, building supplies, and medicine for people in need in the Los Angeles County region.
Fruit of the Vine Ministries
3002 W. Florence Ave. Los Angeles, California 90043
Giving Children Hope
100 E. Santa Fe Ave. Placentia, California 92870
Collects donations from churches, and charitable organizations. The center then distributes those items, including free food, clothing, medicines, and hygiene packets to those who are qualified.
Hathaway Children and Family Services
Address: 840 N. Avenue 66 Los Angeles, CA 90042
Helping Hands Program
Address: 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107
Provides clothing and furniture when available.
Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic
Address: 3324 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026, telephone (323) 661-0718
Clinic offers HIV testing, blanket and warm clothing distribution in the winter, birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, tattoo removal, and physical exams.
Holman United Methodist Church
Address: 3320 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018, (323) 731-7285
The church provides clothing, referrals, and USDA commodities such as baby food.
Address: 13560 S. Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250, main number is (310) 970-9023
Human Service Association
Address: 6800 E. Florence Ave. Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Hurting and Hungry
Location of non-profit is 1310 S. St. Andrews Place Los Angeles, CA 90019
Clothing, job assistance and training, and case management is offered.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Address: 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010, (213) 389-3191
Address: 1208 Pleasant Ave. Los Angeles, California 90033, phone 323-260-8035
La Cours Twenty-Four Hour Pantry
Address: 10952 Elm Ave. Lynwood, CA 90262
Provides clothing, baby food, clothing, meals, and other staples.
LA Soledad Church
4561 Cesar Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90022
LA Tenth District clothing closet and social service location.
Address: 1000 W. Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90015
Livingstone Christian center
234 W. Fairview Glendale, CA 91202
Loaves and Fishes
Primary address: 4322 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, California 91204. Call (818) 997-0943 for intake.
Services include emergency clothing, case management, immigration and refugees services. Or shop at nearby thrift stores.
Loaves and Fishes II
Address: 14640 Keswick Street Van Nuys, CA 91405, (818) 997-0943
Offers similar programs as the location above.
Los Angeles Mission
Address: P.O. Box 55900 Los Angeles, CA 90013, (323) 981-7057
Services include religious services, free gently used clothing distribution, food and meals, showers, and transient housing/shelter.
Lutheran Social Services: Thousand Oaks
80 E. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, California 91360, (805) 497-6207
Extensive social services are offered, in addition to a clothing closet. Includes, but is not limited too, school supplies and uniforms. Also offers food referral and an emergency pantry, medical prescriptions, and family counseling. "Caring Neighbors" will provide the low income seniors and disabled with transportation, minor home repairs, light housekeeping, and yard work as well.
M.E.N.D. Meet Each Need with Dignity
Address: 13460 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima, CA 91331, call (818) 897-2443
Marantha Community Service Center
Main address: 3569 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, California 90305
Mary Star Sea Christian Care
Address: 853 W. 7th Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Mexican Benefit Committee
2900 Calle Pedro Infante Los Angeles, Ca 90063, (323) 264-1428
Offers information, canned goods, clothing, and more.
Normandie Avenue Church
Address: 12420 S. Normandie Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044, (323) 757-0176
Northridge SDA Church
Primary location is P.O. Box 280304 Northridge, California 91328, (818) 349-8770
Ocean Park Community Center
Address: 1616 7th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 393-4344
Among other programs, provides outreach to the very low income and homeless community. Services include assistance with clothing, showers, and shelter, and food. Has information on free charity care organizations in the Sothern California region.
Address of clothing closet is 9103 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California 90047
Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
Address: 535 N. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012, main number is (213) 629-3101
Our Redeemer Outreach
Address: 8520 Winnetka Ave. Winnetka, Ca 91306
Offers emergency food, clothing, job referrals, and other social services.
Our Savior Center
Location is 4368 Santa Anita Ave. El Monte, California 91731, (626) 579-1191
Para Los Ninos Family Resource Center
Address: 838 E. 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
Provides social services and family support in the form of education enrichment, counseling, childcare, afterschool programs, shelters, clothing closet, and holiday baskets with meals and gifts.
People For People
Main address 860 E. Mission Drive San Gabriel, CA 91776, (626) 285-2549
Pomona Neighborhood Center
Address: 999 W. Holt Blvd. Pomona, California 91768, (909) 620-7691
Provides clothing, toy distribution, and housing for low income people.
Precious Cargo Family Service
Address: 433 6th Street Norco, CA 92860
Presentation Catholic Church
6406 Parmelee Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001
Rakestraw Community Center
5139 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90037, call 323-232-2258
Provides case management, basic adult education, emergency food pantry, clothing closet, and more for people in need.
Salvation Army has several centers around Los Angeles County. The clothing closets, thrift stores and items they distribute or sell are usually from donations, and will be gently used. Rarely may a case worker be able to provide vouchers for newer items. Other assistance varies by location, but can include food, bus tokens, Christmas meals and gifts, and more. Coats and school supplies may be offered for students, as well as work attire. Sometimes the Salvation Army may have funds for bills, housing, or medications.
Santa Isabel Church
Address: 918 S. Soto Street Los Angeles, CA 90023, (323) 268-4065
Distributes emergency clothing and food, free meals, and more.
37925 N. Sierra Hwy Palmdale, Ca 93550
The center can offer qualified families with clothing, food, taxi coupons, and other aid.
Shalom Service Center
1902 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach, California 90813
Sisters of Charity
Address: 28600 Palos Verde Dr., East Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, call the charity at (310) 831-4104
South Central Multipurpose Service Center
Location is 7813 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001
SSG: Hurting and Hungry Project
Address: P.O . Box 11069 Los Angeles, CA 90011
The non-profit charity organization provides services for working poor and low-income and homeless families. Assistance includes clothing, government commodities, and other household items.
St. Andrews Catholic Church
311 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103, telephone number (209) 754-3815
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
525 E. 7th Street Long Beach, California 90813, (562) 436-4047.
Has information on thrift stores and food banks in the region.
Address: 7056 S. Washington Whittier, California 90602, (562) 698-9741
The church organization provides qualified individuals and seniors with food, free or low cost clothing, hygiene bags, and referrals for government programs and social services.
St. Philomena Catholic Church
Address: 21900 S. Main Street Carson, CA 90745, (310) 835-7161
Also may have furniture.
St. Robert's Center
Address: 211 Third Ave. Venice, California 90291
St. Stephan Lutheran Church
Address: 1737 E. Avenue R Palmdale, CA 93550, (661)947-6451
Parish members can receive emergency utility bill assistance, information and referral, holiday baskets, case management, and clothing.
St. Thomas Center
1321 S. Mariposa Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006
St. Vincent De Paul Center
Main address: P.O. Box 412 Lancaster, CA 93584, Call (661) 942-3222 to reach the thrift store and to get information on other social services.
Tamarind Avenue SDA Church
Address: 417 S. Tamarind Ave. Compton, California 90220, (323) 774-0181
Address: 395 W. 7th Street San Pedro, CA 90731, primary number for intake is 310-831-5418
The Midnight Mission
396 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 624-9258
The non-profit distributes food, shelter, and clothing to people in need in the Los Angeles County region.
Truevine: Lynwood Mission Church
Address: 5238 Clark Street Lynwood, California 90262, 310-635-4300
United Methodist Church
Address: 9901 Tujunga Canyon Blvd. Tujunga, CA 91042, dial for hours (818) 473-4185
Provide free referrals and other support at no cost to the needy.
Twins Lakes Community Church
Address: 17213 Lake Los Angeles Palmdale, CA 93591, (661) 264-1215
The church distributes USDA commodities and clothing.
Union Station Homeless Services
Address: 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, California 91105, phone: (626) 240-4550
Agency offers clothing, food, shelter, showers and limited medical treatment to people who are homeless. Work and school dress and clothing may be offered.
Walteria United Methodist Church
Address: 3646 Newton Street Torrance, CA 90505, telephone (310) 375-0622
Watts Labor Community Action
Main location is 958 E. 108th Street Los Angeles, California 90059, dial (323) 563-5664
The non-profit provides homeless services such as assistance with shelter, food, and clothing.
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