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Free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies Hamilton County and Chattanooga.

Low income families can get free stuff from furniture banks, clothing closets as well as churches across Hamilton County Tennessee. The centers, most of which are charities, also provide additional goods including furniture for a new home or apartment, back to school supplies including backpacks, diapers, work attire, computers, bedroom sets and so much more.

The Chattanooga as well as Hamilton County charities also try to support to victims of a disaster such as a fire or tornado. Or the staff will try to provide adults with clothes for work, give students free school supplies or provide an a job seeker with items for an interview. There are also places for free stuff for winter such as jackets, shoes, diapers or baby supplies, furniture, and much more. Or clients can even get supplies such as newborn baby supplies for free.

The centers offer services to women, men and children who are needy or even homeless. Not only can someone request gently used (or sometimes new clothes) but there may also be other referrals on everything from job placement to low cost thrift stores that may have furniture or bedding. Some clothing centers in Chattanooga even help clients with budgeting. The hours and distribution dates vary, but most of the primary locations are below. For more information call a center.

Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center
(865) 524-9896
The churches and other organizations that are part of the network will only have maternity or baby clothing in Hamilton County. There may also be free diapers, pregnancy testing kits, and other goods. Referrals are given to crib or car seat programs, including agencies that install car seats for free for safety reasons.

Chattanooga Rescue Mission
Address is 1512 S. Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
For hours, dial 756-3126
Shelter guests can receive clothing. They may also be blankets, meals, hygiene items such as soap, and other material goods.




Chattanooga Community Clothing Department and Kitchen
727 E 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Advocacy services are combined with clothes for work, meals, and medical care.

The Samaritan Center - Thrift Shop
Location: 9231 Lee Highway
Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363
Main phone - 238-7777
The non-profit location is open a few days per week. There will be low cost household items, kitchen appliances, furniture, clothes, and school items. Students in Hamilton County may be given shoes, books, bags, and other free back to school supplies. Some families recovering from a disaster are given a voucher to shop with.

Maclellan Family Shelter - Matthews Place-CCK
727 E 11th Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Dial 756-4222

Christ United Methodist Church
8645 E. Brainard Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Telephone - 892-9363
They pass out basic clothes such as shoes, shirts, blankets, and more. Some small household goods, such as a table or other furniture item may be offered in Hamilton County too.

Forgotten Child Fund
Address: 1715 East Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Dial (423) 697-0031
During the winter there will be coats for children from low income families, boots, gloves, and other clothes for the youth in Hamilton County.





Ladies of Charity
Address: 2821 Rossville Blvd.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
(423) 698-2846
Vouchers are given for items ranging from clothes to work attire or food. Seniors in Hamilton County can seek assistance, including transportation, from the charity more often than others. Other free stuff may be offered for the disabled, including mobility equipment, small furniture items and other goods.

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
Address - 1184 Baldwin Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Dial 756-3891

Signal Mountain Social Services
Address: 633 Mississippi Ave
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
Phone - 886-5982
Financial aid for bills along with a clothing closet is on site. There may be backpacks for students, funds for housing, or medical equipment for the ill.

Chattanooga Furniture Bank
1815 East Main Street
Chattanooga, TN
423-757-9527 37407
Dozens of low income families tend to get assistance each month. Kitchen tables, couches, appliances, beds (including for kids), nightstands, dressers and many other free, gently used furniture items are offered.

Salvation Army Chattanooga
2140 East 28th St
Chattanooga, TN 37407
Main number is 305-6200
Programs range from free cooling fans for the elderly to holiday support and school supplies for children. They also offer social services food, and more, in addition to the clothing closet. Christmas toys, diapers, and households items may also be available at the low cost Family Store, which may have furniture. More on Chattanooga Salvation Army assistance programs.





First Baptist Church of Soddy Daisy
10185 Dayton Pk
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee 37379
GED classes for children, clothes, hygiene items, and more are at the non-profit. There may be some school items for teenagers or kids, books, sneakers and more.

Children's Center For Children
315 Gillespie Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411
Dial 698-2456 for information.

Northside Neighborhood House
Address of center - 211 Minor Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
One focus is on students. GED classes, notebooks for class, uniforms, and other aid is passed out by volunteers. The free stuff from the charity tends to be educational. School uniforms, book bags, backpacks, and more is offered too.


By Jon McNamara

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