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Free clothing closets, school supplies, and furniture in Middlesex County New Jersey.

Struggling families in Middlesex County New Jersey can receive assistance including free clothes, back to school supplies, diapers, furniture and more from charities. There are a number of non-profits that operate free clothing closets as well as furniture banks. Several non-profit centers, thrift stores and churches also either sell gently used items to the general public or they may distribute vouchers to the needy so that they can acquire goods, like clothes for work or school, for free. There are also free furniture banks for goods including beds, mattresses, computers, kitchen appliances and other items.

Many of the regional clothing closets depend on donations from the public, so if you can contribute to a Middlesex County New Jersey charity please do so. Due to the fact that the amount and types of donations will vary, each center has limited resources. Locations may have items such as work or school clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and other household goods. Some sites may also provide other services such as career counseling or referrals.

The leading non-profit clothing closets are below. Call a location near you for details on the resources offered as well as hours. The hours and resources vary. Or find a list of other places that can help you get free furniture.

Building on the Rock Community Church
89 Beckerville Rd
Manchester Township, New Jersey, 08759
Phone (732) 657-7040
The charity offers water, personal/hygiene items, baby clothing, free diapers or wipes and related items as well as paper products. Students from low income families can get books, shoes, and other free school items during the summer or fall.

 

 

 

Butler United Methodist Church - Gleaners Thrift Shop
Address: 5 Bartholdi Ave
Butler, NJ, 07405
Telephone number is (973) 838-2026
Sells to the general public clothing (all sizes) and basic household items including furniture. If you have a crisis and meet income limits you may receive clothing or other items for free.

Cathedral International
Family Life Center, 272 Madison Ave.
Perth Amboy 08861
Telephone - (732) 826-0447

Catherine's Closet
24 Dwight St
Paterson, New Jersey, 07509
Offers prom gowns to inner city girls.

Challenge Programs of New Jersey
152 Market St Room 200
Paterson, NJ, 07505

Covenant House of Atlantic City
Main address is 929 Atlantic Ave
Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
(609) 348-4070
The non-profit is providing shelter and other services to homeless and runaway youth, including clothing, personal hygiene and other goods. The cornerstone of the Covenant House program in Middlesex County is known as Crisis Care.

 

 

 

 

Family Friends
Clothing closet address: 24 Jersey Ave
Metuchen, NJ, 08840
Some Christmas assistance and other items may be provided for children. They mays also pass out birthday toys, food boxes, and warm winter attire. Clients of the free clothing closet range from single moms or dads to senior citizens.

Fish, Inc. - Dunellen Area
Main address: 456 New Market Rd
Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854
Phone number is (732) 356-0081
The non-profit provides clothing, food, school supplies and bedding free of charge to persons with limited income and resources available to them. Clients can be immigrants, living in poverty, or facing a financial crisis. There may also be utensils, couches, and kitchen supplies.

Goodwill Industries of East Brunswick Thrift Store
415 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ, 08816
Call (732) 651-1091
Sells items to the general public in Middlesex County. The non-profit offers new and gently used goods and clothing at low costs. Furniture such as tables, beds, and other items are given out too. In addition the center will serve as a training ground in retail for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Life Choices Resource Center
503 Main St, Metuchen, NJ, 08840
Telephone number is (732) 516-0911
The center supports pregnant women using volunteer counselors to provide information, referrals, and other support. Free diapers, baby formula, cribs, and maternity clothes may be offered too.

Making It Possible to End Homelessness – MIPH - Clothes Line
Main address 211 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Salvation Army of Middlesex
A regional charity. They have a family-thrift store, free food pantry, and clothing as well as furniture bank. Assistance programs include an annual back to school supply giveaway, Christmas toys, shoes, slacks, belts, notebooks, and more. High school and elementary students can get help, parents can get work attire, and much more if given out too. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Middlesex County.

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent De Paul Society - Middlesex County SVDP
There are multiple resources and locations. There may be free clothing closets, food pantries and furniture banks. Winter jackets or coats, furniture for a home like desks, couches, lamps, food parcels and other goods may be provided. Some locations are below.

  • 244 Avenel Street, Avenel, New Jersey, 07001
  • 230 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
  • 29 Abeel Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • Call 732-545-6701

My Daughter's Keeper
1086 Livingston Ave
North Brunswick, NJ, 08902

New Brunswick Public Schools Adult Learning Center - Boutique & Men's Store
268 Baldwin St
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
The assistance program provides on-site retail sales experience at the Hire Attire Boutique & Men's Store (half day). This can help people prepare for a job. It is combined with work readiness skills and classroom instruction (half day) in GED preparation. Work attire may be offered for job interviews or a new career too.

One Prayer At A Time Recovery Ministry
Primary location is 62 Larch Ave
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
The non-profit will provide food, Christmas assistance and new or gently used clothing for the homeless and less fortunate in the region. Receive school supplies like backpacks too. Or kids can get backpacks, sneakers, pens, pencils, and other supplies.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Boonton Thrift Shop
Address of shop is 910 Birch St, Boonton, New Jersey, 07005
Telephone - (973) 334-1017
Receive free or low cost clothing for everybody, including items for baby, clothing, and children's items and small appliances (if available). These items are sold at a very modest fee to the public. There will also be furniture for a home or apartment.

South Plainfield Social Services
Primary address 2480 Plainfield Ave
South Plainfield, NJ, 07080
(908) 226-7625
A number of services are offered in addition to the on site clothing closet. The location provides emergency motel placements (in case of fire), emergency prescriptions, limited utility assistance. Clothing may be offered for work or a student going to school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Helping Women
Address: 224 Main St, Metuchen, NJ, 08840
Call (732) 549-6000 for intake
The center is a women's resource center offering supportive services for women and men, including clothing, career counseling and more. There may be dresses, slacks, socks, undergarments, and more.

By Jon McNamara

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