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Free clothes, furniture, and school supplies Kern County.

Several charities provide free clothes, furniture, back to school supplies or personal or household stuff in Kern County as well as Bakersfield. The goal is to help low-income as well as struggling families meet their basic needs. Find free furniture banks as well as clothing closets below that provide assistance in Kern County.

Based on donations, there are items like kitchen or household appliances, free school supplies for students of all grades, diapers for new moms, work clothes, furniture,  laptop computers, and much more offered. The goal is to provide free or low cost stuff to qualified lower income families. Some of the Bakersfield charities also provide free gift cards, vouchers, or birthday toys.

In addition, many of the centers offer other forms of services. This may be free medical equipment for the disabled or elderly. Or the formerly homeless in Kern County can be given free, gently used items to help if/when they transition to housing.

While donations of what is available will vary and is limited (in particular during the holidays) the charities do their best to help residents. A special focus is on assisting children, infants, immigrants, and students in Kern County. This is why book bags for school, backpacks, and even free birthdays may be given out. If a center can't help you, ask for referrals.

Some of the specific items provided by free clothing closets can include free winter coats, shoes, boots, hats, and uniforms. Individuals seeking employment may be able to receive free professional work attire, such as a suit or dress. There are also locations for free furniture in Bakersfield. Special holiday toys, gifts, and fund raisers are held too.

How and where to get free stuff in Bakersfield and Kern County

Bakersfield Family Church - His House of Refuge
Address is 106 Wilson Avenue, Bakersfield, California, 93308. Main phone number is 661-387-1778
The non-profit provides clothing and food. In addition, Parenting Classes are held as needed. They also assist immigrants, including Spanish Speakers, with their basic needs by offering referrals, free clothes, blankets, and much more. Some students can get school supplies, book bags, uniforms and other free supplies.

 

 

 

Pregnancy Care Center
Clothing may be offered for newborns and pregnant or single moms. Food, furniture, cribs and baby formula may be passed out as well when available. There may be infant car seats and resources for new or single mothers. Or there are also free diapers for low income parents or those who struggle to pay the bills in Kern County.

  • 341 E Ridgecrest Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. Main phone - (760) 384-2273
  • 1801 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Phone - 661-326-1907

N.E.E.D.S. Center (Necessary Emergency Economic District.)
Call 110 Asher Ave, Taft, CA 93268. Phone number is 661-763-4888
May provide the use of a phone or computer, clothing, food, and other basic needs. Textbooks, educational material and other goods may be offered too.

Shafter Healthy Start Collaborative Family Resource Center
Location is 300 North Valley Street, Shafter, CA 93263. Call 661-746-8690 for intake.

Hope Center, Inc. - Lifehouse Church
Main address is 3311 Manor Drive, Bakersfield CA 93308. Telephone number is 661-399-2119
Some of the material goods assistance provided can include free hygiene kits, bus tickets, diapers, grocery store food vouchers or baby formula. Car seats may be available. They partner with and provide referrals to the Salvation Army and their thrift stores too. Other assistance is for pregnant teens and senior citizens.

Salvation Army
The non-profit focuses on helping with basic needs. This includes free clothing, shoes, back to school supplies for kids from K-12, and Christmas assistance. Food, meals, and programs such as Angel Tree are offered too. A free back to school supply giveaway even also takes place during the summer and fall months. There may be other stuff for a home, such as desks, couches and other goods.

  • The Salvation Army Bakersfield Corps Community Center is the main site. The location is 4417 Wilson Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93309. For information on material needs, call (661) 837-4243
  • Another site is at 538 E Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Call (661) 823-9508
  • Or find more details on Salvation Army assistance programs in Kern County.

 

 

 

 

Community Christian Services Center
The address is 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Call (760) 379-5100
There are free clothes, including for the working poor, as well as blankets for the homeless, underwear, sneakers and more.

Gods Storehouse - Weldon United Methodist Church
Address is 20021 Highway 178, Weldon, California, 93283. Call 760-378-2321
The center offers bread, clothing, and free food distribution times to Kern County residents.

Migrant Education Farm Worker - Social Services
Location is 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Dial 661-636-4779
A variety of assistance programs for migrant workers, including farm workers, in Kern County. Free clothes, boots for work, referrals to housing or medical equipment and other resources are offered, including to immigrants (documented or not).

Metro Bakersfield Differential Response Team - Clinica Sierra Vista Incorporated
Address is 2707 F Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Call 661-324-0293
they give referrals only, including to free furniture and clothing programs.

Regional clothing center and emergency services
4621 Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, California, 93240. Dial (760) 379-4825
Assistance is for fire victims and can include clothing, shelter, food, blankets, water, and personal hygiene necessities. Referrals are also offered to non-profits such as the American Red Cross.

Flood Ministries
Address is 1830 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, California 93301. Main phone - (661) 323-5663
Programs include a food pantry and furniture bank. Get small household items, desks or chairs for work, lamps, beds, tables, and small kitchen appliances or pots and pans.

Catholic Charities of Kern County
Address is 809 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301. Call 661-281-2130
Multiple churches are in the area to help low income families, immigrants and others. Free diapers, clothes for work or school, small household furniture items and other free stuff. Also get legal aid, information on housing programs and basic needs.

LOVE of Kern County
901 Sacramento St, Bakersfield, CA 93305. For referrals from the Clearing house, dial 661-325-8838
They operate a Clearinghouse, meaning referrals are given. Learn about Christmas help, free furniture programs for the low income or poor, financial help and more. Various churches provide household goods to the needy.

Sharing And Caring of Tehachapi
230 Pauley Street, Tehachapi CA 93561. Call 661-822-3001
Receive free clothing, gasoline, food, household supplies, bus tickets, and financial aid for rent or utility bills. There are free personal items in Kern County, winter coats, sneakers, and more.

Saint Vincent de Paul
300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA, 93307. Main phone – 661-323-7340
Applicants need referrals. The charity may offer furniture, clothing, coats and more. A walk in service assists the homeless. Other resources include Hygiene Kits, availability of showers, use of computer, and an on site thrift store. There is also a free small furniture bank for Bakersfield families which may have pots or pans, utensils, mattresses, car seats and similar goods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield Homeless Center Bethany
1600 East Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93305. Telephone number - 661-322-9199
Blankets, sleeping bags, free meals, and even shelter is given. The clothing bank is free to families in poverty. Other goods may be sleeping bags, socks, hats or gloves and similar items.

Assistance League of Bakersfield
Location is 1924 Q Street, Bakersfield CA 93301. Call  (661) 323-0838 or 661-323-1317
They operate the Bargain Box Thrift Store, which sells worn items of new or gently used clothing to dress underprivileged children in the local school district. Low cost furniture is sold at the store too. Other supplies, such as backpacks, shoes or school book bags to kids from low income families, may be provided too.

Central Seventh Day Adventist Church
4201 Wilson Road, Bakersfield California 93309. Call (661) 832-2620
Provides clothing and foodstuff.

 

By Jon McNamara

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