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Essex County and Newark free clothes, furniture, and school supplies.

Basic needs are provided to the low income in Essex County New Jersey. Regional clothing closets may distribute items to the needy such as free clothes, diapers, furniture, gifts around Christmas or school supplies during the summer or fall. The items are usually distributed from charities, churches, and similar distribution centers in the Newark area.

The clothing closets as well as free furniture banks are open limited hours and resources available to the public can run short. It is recommend to call in advance. Depending on donations, what may be available includes free coats, clothes, boots, shoes, birthday gifts for young kids and school supplies. Some holiday items, especially around Christmas, may be offered too. While even more rare, limited financial aid may be available on site.

The locations will do their best to meet everyone needs and not turn anyone away. However if you do not qualify for help, or if the clothing closet can’t meet your specific request, they may refer individuals to other options, such as nearby charities or government aid. Volunteers do their best to help the less fortunate.

Apostles' House
24 Grant St.
Newark, New Jersey, 07104
Main phone number is (973) 482 - 0625
Several social services and emergency assistance is offered to at risk families. This includes clothes, shelter, basic supplies and security deposit assistance.

Birthright of Essex County
Address of non-profit is 623 Bloomfield Ave
Bloomfield, NJ, 07003
(973) 743 - 2061
The center offer assistance to pregnant women, including baby clothes, free pregnancy testing, and referrals as needed. The clothing closet may also have diapers and some small furniture items, such as cribs or diaper changing stations.





East Orange Community Development Corporation
490 Main St.
East Orange, New Jersey, 07017
Call (973) 266 - 5315
Resources include Christmas toys drives, social services, clothes for work, shoes, and more. There are also free backpacks and school supply items for students of all ages in Essex County and surronding communities. Other services include Welfare-to-work program applications, public access to computers, food, and emergency food and rent assistance.

First Hopewell Baptist Church
525 Orange St
Newark, NJ, 07107
Has free or low cost emergency clothing.

Gateway Pregnancy Center
960 Springfield Ave
Irvington, NJ, 07111
(908) 399 - 8378
Provides free baby clothing, furniture, and counseling to those in need.





Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ
There are a couple locations of this non-profit charity in Essex County. They are noted below. The center both accepts and sells donations of gently used or new clothing. This includes shoes, toys, accessories, and household goods. Gently used furniture is also offer, including vouchers for free items. Please contribute if you can and also note all donations are tax-deductible.

  • 423 Route 46 W, Fairfield, NJ, 07704, call (973) 227 - 1842
  • 79 University Ave, Newark, New Jersey, 07102, main phone number is (973) 621 - 9560

Greater Harvest Baptist Church - Clothing closet
PO Box 8235
Newark, New Jersey, 07108
(973) 371 - 3134
Whether free winter hats, coats, jackets or boots for seniors or kids, or year round clothes or basic household furnishings, help is offered.

Helping Hands and Ears Crisis Prevention/Intervention
Address: 32 Park St.
Orange, NJ, 07050
(973) 673 - 2471

Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Consortium
346 16th Ave
Irvington, NJ, 07111
Main phone - (973) 416 - 0909
Has holiday food and toy baskets, clothing, back rent / mortgage assistance, case management, and a food pantry.

Furniture Assist
A regional free furniture bank that covers Essex County too as well as other parts of New Jersey. What may be offered includes couches, kitchen tables, beds, tables, sofas, car seats and more. They also have electronics, appliances, kitchen pots and pans and so much more. Call 973-868-6007.




Newark Emergency Services for Families
Location is 982 Broad St.
Newark, New Jersey, 07102
(800) 696 - 7063
Provides information, supportive services and referral to the low income and working poor. This includes clothing, relocation assistance, help for seniors and disabled and more. Students from elementary to high school can get free uniforms and other back to school supplies, and they help Spanish and non-ESL speakers too. Continue with Emergency Services in Newark.

North Reform Church
510 Broad St
Newark, NJ, 07102
(973) 623 - 3198
The church runs a so called clothing barn. This can include items for students for school. Backpacks, notebooks, coats, shoes, and more may be offered as part of the Kids Summer School and tutorial programs.

Nutley Family Service Bureau
172 Chestnut St.
Nutley, NJ, 07110
Call (973) 667 - 7236
This is an Essex County thrift store.

Salvation Army of Essex County and Newark
Many assistance programs are administered for the low income, immigrants, and others. Each summer a free school supply giveaway takes place, with shoes, notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks and more. There is also a free food pantry, low cost thrift store, clothing and furniture banks. This is in addition to emergency financial help, and more details on Salvation Army social services Essex County.

Saint James Social Service Corporation
604 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ, 07102
Telephone number - (973) 622 - 1344. Call for hours.

Saint John's Church
22 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ, 07102
Main phone number is (973) 623 - 0822





United Community Corporation
31 Fulton St
Newark, New Jersey, 07102
(973) 642 - 0181
In order to receive clothing or holiday assistance, the individuals needs to be referred by phone from a community agency or social service organization. They will need to call the non-profit with client details. Clothing may be offered to those that qualify.


By Jon McNamara

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