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Free clothing closets, furniture banks, and school supplies in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Low income Bernalillo County residents can get help from clothing closets, furniture banks and low cost thrift stores in the region. They may pass out free back to school supplies for students, clothes for adults, furniture to residents moving to a home or apartment and more. Families can struggle to pay for clothes for their children or maybe themselves, but these assistance programs can help.

Most of the programs are administered by non-profit agencies or charities such as churches. They may give out free back to school uniforms or other supplies, clothes for work or winter wear, diapers and more. Furniture and households supplies may also be given out for free. Some government aid may be distributed from a center as well.

Most of the items passed out to qualified participants include work and professional attire, school items, backpacks, and maybe seasonal programs such as Christmas toys. Some centers may focus on job seekers, immigrants, or victims of domestic violence in Bernalillo County. Other, in particular thrift stores, are open to the general public for furniture, books, and more. So if you need low cost but gently used clothes or referrals, call one or more of the agencies below for assistance.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission - Women's Center Of Hope
Phone (505) 243-3310
This location focuses on new moms, victims of violence, immigrants, and single parents among others. Free clothes, personal hygiene supplies, food, and even medical equipment may be offered.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission
525 Second St. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Call (505) 346-4673
The homeless and very low income can get assistance from the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. The non-profit distributes life essentials daily, such as clothing, shelter, coats, and basic needs. Personal hygiene kits, such as shampoo, may be passed out too. Children in school can be given free book bags, pens, pencils, and other supplies. Other support includes blankets, meals, and similar crisis assistance. Or learn about homeless shelters in Albuquerque.




City Of Albuquerque - Alamosa Multi-service Center
6900 Gonzales Road
Albuquerque, NM 87121
(505) 836-8800
Social services and family necessities are passed out. This can include free clothing, emergency food boxes, limited diaper assistance, seasonal toys and Coats for Kids, and more. When a low income family is setting up a new apartment, free furniture and household goods or kitchen items may be distributed. Other assistance can include VITA income tax services, employment and utility bill assistance referral, and even a car seat program.

City Of Albuquerque - East Central Multi-service Center
Main address is 306 B San Pablo SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Phone - (505) 256-2070

Good Shepard Center
218 Iron Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Call 505 243-2527
The homeless can get help. There is free clothing, blankets, and hygiene supplies. Other aid includes shelter and meals. So clothes (coats, shoes, etc.) can be provided along with other support.

John Marshall Multi-service Center
Location of clothing closet is 1500 Walter Street
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main number is (505) 848-1345
Programs can help the poor and less fortunate in Bernalillo County.





Los Griegos Multi-service Center
Main address is 1231 Candelaria NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Telephone number is (505) 761-4050

Community Action Agency of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County - HELP - NM
The Multi-Service centers often partner with this non-profit. Together they offer everything from government grants to pay bills to clothes and more. The goal is to end poverty. Immigrants and Mexicans also get help, including clothes for work, school items, access to housing, and other aid. More on Albuquerque Community Action.

Family Advocacy Center - Asian Family Center
625 Silver SW Ste. 200
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 243-2333
Clothing, referrals, case management and supplies are offered for Asians and their families.

Enlace Communitario
Location is 625 Silver SW Ste. 200
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Dial (505) 246-8972 for information.
A focus is on Spanish speakers, migrants, as well as immigrants. A free clothing closet, furniture bank, and more is offered.

Family Advocacy Center
625 Silver SW Ste. 200
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(505) 243-2333
Basic needs and support is for victims of domestic violence, including women and children.

Para Los Ninos
Main address is 625 Silver SW Ste. 600
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main number is (505) 243-2333

From The Heart Foundation
Address: 300 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste. B-2
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
(505) 256-7664
Numerous basic needs, such as school supplies, work clothes, and household goods may be offered. Also learn about regional Christmas and holiday assistance programs. Shoes, coats, notebooks, and more may be available from donations.





Haven Of Love Rescue Mission
Location is 4025 Isleta SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 873-3771
Some of what may be offered includes clothing, shelter, and food. Help is available for Bernalillo County residents that are trying to find a job or are looking for housing. A thrift store provides most of the items.

S.A.F.E. House
PO Box 25363
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Main number is (800) 773-3645

House Shelter For Victims Of Domestic Violence
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125
Main phone number - (800) 773-3645

St. Martin's Hospitality Center
Main address is 1201 Third Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
For service, dial (505) 843-9405
Very low income, indigent, and homeless can get support. Support that can be provided is extensive. This includes rest rooms, showers, toiletries, hair cuts, clothing exchange, access to telephones, nutritious meals, and case management. The non-profit also provides access to day labor employment and job referrals through the Alliance Job Services. Work uniforms, supplies for school, and more can be passed out by the non-profit.

The Act/on Society, Inc.
6314 Edith NE Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Call (505) 344-4956

Salvation Army Social Services and Family Store
Both low cost items may be sold and free gods given out. Food, clothes, toys for Christmas or a birthday, school supplies, and other support. A low cost thrift store sells furniture (beds, couches, lamps, appliances, etc.). More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Bernalillo County.

The Storehouse
Main address is 106 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(505) 842-6491
Programs include free Christmas assistance and clothing. Toys may be offered to children during the holidays. Vouchers and other support may be provided too. they give students, regardless of race and religion, bookbags, backpacks, shoes, notebooks, and other free school supplies. Gently used kitchen supplies, pots, pans, and other furniture may be sold.

Urban Indian Advocacy Program
Main address - 1410 San Pedro NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
Dial (505) 232-8299





Young Women's Christian Association, Ywcaour Sister's Closet
5211 Lomas NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
Telephone - (505) 266-0448
They partner with the career center to run the program known as Our Sister's Closet. It passes out free clothing, dresses, and similar goods to women in need of appropriate attire for job training sessions, interviews and career placement. The resource known as Our Sister's Closet (OSC) provides gently used but high quality clothing selected from donations by professional women throughout Bernalillo County and really all of New Mexico. They also partner with non-profit, community agencies and charities throughout the state.


By Jon McNamara














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