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Free clothes, school supplies and furniture in Louisville and Jefferson County.

Louisville Kentucky free, regional clothing closets as well as furniture banks have everything from free clothes to school supplies for kids, households goods, bedroom furniture or appliances, and other items. There are also low cost thrift stores in the Jefferson County region. The centers can help low income families and other from the community obtain free or low cost clothes, Christmas assistance, work attire, uniforms or supplies for school, or other households items.

Each charity clothing or furniture bank offers its own assistance. Many also offer free school supplies for students from low income households. Or they give the elderly or disabled goods for their homes. The centers, many which are run by non-profit agencies, assist thousands of struggling and unemployed Jefferson County families per year. Or low income families can get free beds, couches, kitchen appliances, computers and more for their home.

Most of what is available depends on the generosity of people and businesses in the community that donate to the clothing banks. So the type and availability of goods sold or passed out will vary from week to week or even day to day. Some of the more common items available in Louisville include basic needs. This includes boots, shoes, coats for children, and work attire for job seekers. The thrift stores will usually have household goods such as furniture or small appliances.

In addition, some locations may offer special Christmas programs. Children can usually receive some type of gift or toy and parents may obtain clothing goods. There are also free birthday gifts for kids. Call a Louisville center for more details or referrals.

Baptist Fellowship Center
1351 Catalpa Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40211
Main phone number is (502) 774-2734
The center runs a Clothing Closet that may have free toiletry and household items along with clothes. Numerous other financial aid programs may be provided, including medications and funds for paying bills. People can only receive clothing or household goods a couple times per year.




Bethlehem Baptist Special Ministries
Main address is 5708 Preston Hwy
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Louisville, KY 40219
Main number is (502) 964-4384
Whether it is a uniform for work or school, free notebooks, winter jackets for kids, boots, or something else, these free clothing banks may help the low income in Jefferson County.

Disabled American Veterans
Location - 1701 Berry Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40215
(502) 368-6431
The center runs a thrift store for the public in Jefferson County. It can sell low-cost clothing, furniture and household items to the needy and regular families as well.
Another location is at 2208 W Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40212, call (502) 778-7128.

Eastern Area Community Ministries
Main address is 9104 Westport Road Basement
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Louisville, KY 40242
Telephone - (502) 426-2824
Programs include a free clothing as well as furniture bank. There may be pots and pans, refurbished computers, gently used clothes, sofas, desks and other goods.

Family Scholar House, Inc.
Main address: 403 Reg Smith Circle
Louisville, KY 40208
Main number is (502) 584-8090
Most of the aid is for single parents, including school clothing, help to pay for school or textbooks, and referrals. They focus on educational needs in Jefferson County.





Fern Creek / Highview United Ministries
Address: 9300 Beulah Church Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40291
Call (502) 762-9611

Ministries United Of South Central Louisville (MUSL)
1207 Hart Avenue
Louisville, KY 40213
(502) 363-9087
The non-profit runs a clothes closet and also may have emergency food assistance. This can also provide free Christmas assistance, toys, school supplies for kids (elementary and high school) and coats for families. Children and students are some of the main beneficiaries.

Louisville and Jefferson County Catholic Charities
There are 3 locations. A low cost thrift store has clothing and household goods, furniture and more. Very low income families can get other assistance, and the church may give free stuff to those who are working towards self-sufficiency. More on Catholic Charities in Louisville area.

S.o.u.l Clinic Of Kentuckiana Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 161625
Louisville, KY 40256
Phone: (502)653-9164
Most of the support is for the homeless. They may have clothing, food, shelter referral (Single Point of Entry), prescription assistance, blankets, identification assistance, personal hygiene items, counseling, benefit application assistance, and related services.

Salvation Army Of Louisville
Address: 911 S Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Call (502) 671-4900
A thrift store may sell goods. Christmas and holiday assistance is for low income families in Jefferson County. Toys, gifts, clothes, shoes, and more may be offered. The homeless can also get blankets or bedding. There are also back to school supply assistance programs that operate during the summer as well as fall monthss which has bookbags, backpacks, and other goods. More on Salvation Army assistance programs  in Louisville.

Schuhmann Social Service Center
Address: 730 E Gray Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 589-6696

Sister Visitor Center
Location is 2235 W Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40212
Telephone - (502) 873-2566
Goods include clothing; personal and household items, mobility and daily living aids and maybe even vouchers for gasoline or work clothing.





Society Of St Vincent De Paul
1015-C S Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-2480
Clothes, diapers, maternity items and other social services are provided. There is also a free, small furniture bank on site.
Another thrift store is at 2229 Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY 40218. Main number is (502) 473-8856.
A St. Vincent clothing/closet/thrift store is also at 248 E Market Street. Call this charity location at (502) 583-1370. Whether it is free back to school uniforms or supplies, furniture, or more the church can often help.

South East Associated Ministries
Location is 6500 Six Mile Lane Suite A
Louisville, KY 40218-2355
Primary phone: (502) 499-2059
Family support services, include free back-to-school supplies, Christmas stockings and gifts as well as Easter baskets for children. Other assistance offered in Jefferson County includes hand-made mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for the winter months.

St John Center
700 E Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40202
Call (502) 568-6758 for intake.
Numerous services for the working poor and homeless. Hot showers, local and long distance telephone service, restroom facilities, and also hot coffee and cold water may be available. Also get help in job and housing referrals, assistance filling out food stamp and disability claims, general clothing items, assistance acquiring birth certificates, free mental health counseling, and identification letters for regular clients.

Walnut Street Church - Christian Social Ministries
220 W St Catherine Street
Christian Activities Building
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 589-3454
Offers free clothing for anyone in need. In addition, this can include dress and work clothing to individuals seeking jobs, on an interview, or attending school. Also, some uniforms for school may be available as well as funeral attire.







Wayside Christian Mission - Bargain Center
Main address is 9125 Galene Dr
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 297-8784
Thrift store sells low-cost clothing, furniture, household goods, and appliances. Shoes and school items are also offered.

Wesley House Community Services - Wesley Wear House Thrift Store
1501 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Call (502) 968-8231


By Jon McNamara

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