Milwaukee County free clothing closets, back to school supplies, and clothes.

Some specialty centers in Milwaukee can provide clothing, free school supplies, warm winter clothing, and other household items to families. While free items may be provided from clothing closets to qualified individuals, another option is a thrift store. These will sell gently used items to the general public, and anyone can shop at one of these stores. A thrift store tends to have more good such as furniture or appliances.

Availability of items at a clothing closet depends on donations from the community. Some of what can typically be obtained includes general clothes or items for work, school supplies, notebooks and clothes, uniforms, and winter coats. A little less common would be baby supplies, diapers, and furniture. Many of the Milwaukee centers will also offer referrals and other general support to people who are seeking help. This can include information on job programs, or emergency/crisis assistance.

South Milwaukee Human Concerns, Inc.
Address: 1029 Milwaukee Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
(414) 764-5340
One of the leading social service agencies in the region. They help people in South Milwaukee (53172 zip code only). The organization can offer clothing, appliances, and furniture to the needy. Some examples of the types of available clothing offered include baby and children clothes as well as diapers. More formal clothing may be available as well, including items for school for students or work for job seekers. Lastly would be general apparel, personal grooming supplies, winter clothes and boots.

Evangelical Child and Family Agency - Almost Anything
The non-profit has a couple locations in the region. Clothing and other support is offered to the needy and homeless.

  • 7621 W Beloit Rd, West Allis, WI 53219, Call - (414) 321-0226
  • 9116 West Oklahoma Ave, West Allis, Wisconsin 53227, (414) 755-4881

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Thrift and Family Store
Location is 7713 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
(414) 453-1267

They run a thrift store which sells items to the public. There is also a free clothing bank. However other assistance is available, including Christmas gifts and meals for children. The Angel Tree program is available. An annual back to school supply assistance program with free books, shoes, pens, and more is offered too. Some limited financial aid may be available for basic needs such as rent, medications, or other expenses. Two additional Salvation Army Corp centers are located at:

  • 6341 S 27th St., Franklin, WI 53132, (414) 761-7733
  • 4747 W Bradley Rd, Brown Deer, Wisconsin 53223, call (414) 357-6277

Atonement Lutheran Church
4521 N 42nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Call (414) 431-2086
A clothing closet at the church offers free clothing for men, women, children and teens. This can include baby items, children's clothing, general apparel, limited winter clothing including coats for students and children, and business casual work attire.

 

 

 

 

Blessed Hope Assembly of God
1501 W Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 384-2334

East Side Church of Christ
325 E North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Main number is (414) 427-7162
Assistance programs for low income families, single moms, and others in Milwaukee County include: A free clothing bank and food pantry. There is furniture, baby supplies, cribs, and other goods. Students can get free supplies for school, bags, shoes, and more. Uniforms, boots, and slacks for work too.

Economy Center
7814 W Burleigh St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222
(414) 442-2272
The location is a thrift store that sells donated items. While availability will change (based on those donations) they may have clothing, small household items or appliances, and winter items. Some furniture and baby supplies may be offered.

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
2401 W Meinecke Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
(414) 625-0190

House of Peace Community Center
Location of the distribution center: 1702 W Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 933-1300
A wide variety of goods are at the clothing bank and thrift store. Everything from books to coffee tables, warm winter clothes (hats, gloves, boots), birthday toys or school supplies for kids, jackets, and countless other free stuff is passed out. Find another source of free car seats for low income parents.

 

 

 

Iglesia Trinidad
2300 W Mineral
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
(414) 384-1244

Northcott Neighborhood House
2460 N 6th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Telephone number is (414) 372-3770

Northside Church of God
4858 N 19th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Call (414) 372-6612
A clothing closet is available. It can have work clothes and uniforms. Children can receive boots or winter attire. Maternity and baby clothes may also be offered too.

Repairers of the Breach
Primary address - 1335 W Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Call (414) 934-9305

Social Development Commission in Milwaukee is the community action agency. They help struggling families financially and with basic needs. Grants for bills, loans, transportation for work, tablets, computers, and more is offered. More on Milwaukee Social Development Commission assistance programs.

Shalom Ministries
5820 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53213
(414) 303-6609
Some of what may be offered from this center includes diapers, baby food, and formula. This is in addition to more general clothing items.

 

 

 

 

Siggenauk Center
1050 W Lapham Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 672-6989

Clothing closet at Sweet Communion Baptist Church
Address is 3765 N. 35th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Families in poverty can use the charity. There is clothing for all seasons, including shoes, socks, undergarments, free winter coats, boots and other items for people of all ages.

Thriftmart
4470 S 108th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53228
Main number to the thrift store is (414) 425-4000

United Methodist Children's Services
3910 W Lisbon Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
Clothing bank can be reached at (414) 344-1818
New moms can get diapers, baby supplies, and free cribs. Or kids in elementary, middle, and high school can get free school supplies for the new year. Children can also learn about books, after school activities, and educational support.

Wellington Park Lutheran Church
7017 W Medford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53218
Phone number is (414) 461-4061
Other basic needs, such as food, meals, and clothing may be met by the church.

Wels Bargain Centers Bargain Center South
5005 W Howard Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53220
Telephone number is (414) 327-2529
Buy low cost furniture, beds, electronics, TV, and much more.

Wels Bargain Centers
8401 W Lisbon Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53222

 

 

 

 

Project Concern of Cudahy/St Francis
Address: 4611 S Kirkwood Ave
Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110
(414) 744-0645
The location may have furniture, free gently used clothing, hygiene items, and more. Toys for children and cold weather clothing may be sold in the winter or around Christmas.

 

By Jon McNamara

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