Louisville and Jefferson County free clothing closets.

Louisville Kentucky thrift stores can be accessed as well as free, regional clothing closets. The centers can help low income families and other from the community obtain free or low cost clothes, Christmas assistance, work attire, or other holiday items. Many also offer free school supplies for students from low income households. The centers, many which are run by non-profit agencies, assist thousands of struggling and unemployed Jefferson County families per year.

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. 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





Cabbage Patch Settlement House
Location of the clothing closet is 1413 S 6th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone - (502) 634-0811
Clothing and household goods may be offered to those who are working towards self-sufficiency.

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

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, and coats for families. Children and students are some of the main beneficiaries.

S.o.u.l Clinic Of Kentuckiana Inc.
1608 South 2nd Street, Unit #6
Louisville, KY 40208
Main phone number is (502) 294-5754
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.
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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