Kent County and Grand Rapids clothing closets.

Income qualified families in Kent County Michigan can turn to clothing closets, churches, thrift stores and other charities to receive free or low cost clothing and other household supplies. If your income is low enough, or if you are faced with a crisis, then the items may be provided for free. Otherwise many of the thrift stores and non-profits in Kent County will request a minimal fee or donation.

What an individual will find at these centers will vary. It often depends on donations and the season in question. In general, some of the more common items can include shoes, school backpacks, toys and gifts for Christmas, winter coats, boots, and other standard clothing. The demand for assistance in Kent County is fairly high and resources are limited. Conditions may need to be met by applicants.

Buist Community Assistance Center
Address is 8306 Byron Center Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Dial (616) 538-4080

Byron Community Ministries
8250 Byron Creek Drive
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
(616) 878-6000
This non-profit covers the southwest portion of Kent County Michigan. Low income families can receive personal care items, clothing, and more. Counseling, referrals, and Meals on Wheels for seniors are available too.

Main location is 2829 Thornapple River Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 676-9452
Offers assistance and basic needs to the towns and cities of Ada, Alto, Caledonia, Cascade, Lowell and Vergennes.




Area Community Service Employment And Training Council -- ACSET -- Latin American Services
121 Franklin Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Telephone number is (616) 336-4000

Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Main number is (616) 456-8593
In an emergency, provides free clothing for needy persons. Some of what may be offered includes occasional diapers, household supplies, and more specialty goods. Will usually have infant, children, and adult clothing.

In The Image
Main location is 1823 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone number is (616) 456-6150

Saint Alphonsus Church - Food And Clothing Center
Location is 224 Carrier Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Telephone number is (616) 451-4230

Saints Peter and Paul Church
Clothing closet is at 520 Myrtle Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-3277
(616) 454-6000
The charity/church may have infant and children's clothing, boots, shoes and standard women's and men's clothing. Diapers may be provided too.

Kent County Salvation Army
1491 South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
(616) 452-3133
A thrift store, food pantry, and clothing closet are on site. School items or professional work attire may be passed out by the agency.





Westside Apostolate
1232 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
As donations are available, will have free or low priced clothing. The non-profit may also have a small supply of household items such as curtains, bedding, dishes, toasters, school supplies, and similar items. A referral to use this site is needed and some items require a donation or are sold to the public.

Mamrelund Lutheran Church
4085 Lutheran Church Road
Kent City, MI 49330
Call (616) 887-8874 for hours
Applicants will need a referral from Sparta DHS or North Kent Community Services.

Lean On Me Outreach Center
11555 Edgerton
Rockford, MI 49341
Main number is (616) 866-3999

North Kent Community Services
10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
Main phone number is (616) 866-3478




United Church Outreach Ministry
1311 Chicago Drive SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
(616) 241-4006
The location can offer referrals for services such as clothing. You will need to make an appointment to receive assistance from this church. The location may also have food and holiday or Christmas assistance, meals, or gifts.


By Jon McNamara

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