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Kent County and Grand Rapids free clothing closets, furniture, and back to school supplies.

Income qualified families in Kent County Michigan can turn to free clothing closets, thrift stores, furniture banks and other charities to receive free stuff. There may be free back to school supplies for kids, clothes, birthday toys, furniture for a home or 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 as well as 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. Furniture banks in Grand Rapids may give out beds, cooking items, tables, and more. There may also be free uniforms for workers or students. 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.

ACCESS 6
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
Assistance is for Latinos, Hispanics, immigrants, and Spanish speakers. ESL classes, free clothes, information on employment, high school, college or school items and other free supplies.

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 Furniture Banks
Main location is 1823 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone number is (616) 456-6150
This is a so called “free-store”. It gives items for homes or apartments. Low income families may be given furniture such as kitchen tables, sofa, dinettes, pots or pans, beds for children, cribs and so much more. The disadvantaged, single moms and the working poor often get help from the free furniture bank of Kent County.

Heart of Michigan United Way
They mostly offer referrals. Kent County families (or single adults) can be referred to free clothing or furniture banks, food pantries, thrift stores, as well as financial aid. More on Heart of Michigan United Way assistance programs.

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. During the summer and fall they give out free summer clothes (shoes, bets, jeans, etc.) as well as school supplies like pens, backpacks, notebooks, and more. The Family Store may sell low cost furniture.

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

United Way of Kent County
Address is 745 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 245-2207
A focus is on employment and educational needs. They also help with housing. The free items for school may be clothes or information on laptops or technical supplies. Job seekers or the needy looking for work can get help as well, like supplies, computer, GED training and more. Continue with Kent County United Way.

 

 

 

 

North Kent Community Services
10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
Main phone number is (616) 866-3478
Assistance programs include gift cards for back to school supplies or some basic, emergency furniture.

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, including on birthdays.

 

By Jon McNamara

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