Hampden County and Springfield residents can turn to free clothing closets or low cost thrift stores for assistance. Several centers, some of which are non-profit, operate in the region and are committed to helping the less fortunate and working poor.
Many local residents are struggling with providing the basic needs for their families. This is when a clothing closet may be able to assist. The centers will distribute items such as winter coats, professional work attire such as suits or dresses, baby supplies and diapers and much more. Some run special holiday or Christmas programs. Many of the centers, churches, and charities also have volunteers and case workers on site who can direct individuals to other local resources or assistance programs in Springfield.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
101 State Street Suite 204
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01103
Call (413) 732-7111
A program known as the HartSprings fund provides assistance to the needy. The organization supports people in Hartford Connecticut, the Springfield area and HartSprings. Based on donations, the program provides free general clothing, household goods, and maybe even small appliances to the low income. The general public may be able to buy goods at a low cost.
Enlace de Familias
Location is 299 Main Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
Main Phone: 413-532-9300
The agency offers the Holyoke Family Network. The family resource center has free clothing, information on parenting for mothers and fathers, as well as referrals. Other resources include emergency food, free school supplies, winter jackets, and more.
Keeping Pace With Multiple Miracles
194 South Main Street, Suite 4
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 02379
Call (508) 559-0040
This provides support to families and mothers with multiple births. They may have baby clothing, used goods like cribs, diapers, and other forms of aid. Referrals and telephone support may be provided as well to those who need additional support. Another similar option is Multiple Birth Program from Kimberly Clark Corporation. These resources were created to help people deal with the stress and expense of multiple kids, such as twins. Kimberly Clark can be reached at (888) 525-8388.
Open Pantry Community Services, Inc - People's Center
Clothing closet address is 287 State Street, Springfield, MA, 01105
The center is open about 4 hours per day. The Hampden People's Center provides free, gently used clothing and other household goods to those in need of assistance. Items passed out can include winter coats, backpacks for students, and professional work attire such as suits or dresses.
Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc
Main address is 56 Cabot Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01040
Call (413) 534-7610
This non-profit offers the St Jude's Clothing Center. It distributes affordable clothing and household items (furniture and appliances) to the needy for a small fee. There some exceptions. For example, fire victims can receive items for free if they bring in a report.
Goodwill Thrift Stores
231 South Street, Holyoke, MA, dial 413-437-7947
971 Bridge Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, main phone 413-320-4911.
473 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA, 413-785-1579.
183 University Drive, Amherst, MA, main phone 413-835-0096
While this is a thrift store, the center may be able to provide some goods at an affordable price to the lowest income, seniors, and people who qualify in Hampden County. Others will need to purchase items at the thrift store. The non-profit provides low cost clothing, winter coats and some household goods. Donations are always welcomed as well, in particular around Christmas and the holidays when the need for help increases.
Salvation Army of Pittsfield
The main corp center address is at 298 West Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 01201
Call (413) 442-0624 for hours
The nations's leading non-profit, the Salvation Army, provides services to the low income, seniors and children. This includes free Christmas assistance, food pantries, rent payment assistance, electric and gas bill payment assistance, clothing, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets and school supplies. They also run a local Adult Rehabilitation Center. This is for those residents who need rehabilitation for drug abuse and alcoholism through work therapy. Social workers ensure that it is combined with counseling and spiritual guidance. Other services offered include furniture, general clothing, and residential substance. Another location of the Hampden Salvation Army is at 285 Liberty Street, Springfield. Dial (413) 785-1921.
Veterans Inc. Outreach
Military members and their immediate family members can apply for a number of assistance programs and resources. This includes support groups, a Food Bank, pre-school, onsite counseling, thrift store, job training, health & wellness programs, and more. Call (508) 791-3273 for locations.
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