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New Haven free clothes, school supplies, clothing closets and thrift stores.

Find free clothing, back to school supplies, diapers, kitchen supplies and other household goods in New Haven County Connecticut. Families of all income levels and backgrounds shop at the local thrift stores or get free items. The clothing closets may provide free items, including school supplies or regular clothes, to those that meet low income levels.

Some centers offer seasonal resources as well. This can include birthday gifts, uniforms, shoes and other back to school supplies or Christmas toys as well as gifts for children. However these types of programs are not as common. Most of the non-profits in New Haven will have more basic goods such as winter coats, general clothing, shoes, boots, and items for work or a job interview. The goal is to ensure kids and adults are warm and well cared for throughout the year.

The locations are open limited hours, and some only on certain days of the week. In order to receive a free piece of clothing or a voucher, income limits will also need to be met. Contact a thrift store or clothing closet for more information on their services.

Cades Clothing Closet/Food Pantry
Address: 44 Arch Street
Hamden, Connecticut 06514
Telephone: (203) 785-8091

Charities Of Hope
770 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 424-0093
The non-profit also supports the needy and low income in New Haven County. Students can find backpacks or bookbags for the new school year. There are warm winter coats for seniors, maternity clothes for pregnant mothers and other goods.

First Baptist Church Clothes Closet
Main address - 24 North Street
Milford, Connecticut 06460
Dial (203) 877-6634 for hours.
The charity offers gently used but free clothing for women, teens, men, and children in need.





Hospital of Saint Raphael Auxiliary Thrift Shop
1386 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Dial (203) 789-3480
Yes, the hospital has an on site thrift shop. It sells to the general public clothing, household goods and toys. Clothing and other household supplies may be offered for individuals with a referral from a New Haven based social service agency.

Liberty Educational Service Center
495 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 691-9494
The location may have school supplies, backpacks, coats, and uniforms for students and teenagers. There may be some free computers for low income students, car seats for low income parents, belts, boots, and other items.

Saint Luke's Services
111 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511-3293
Telephone - (203) 865-0141

Saint Paul's And Saint James' Episcopal Church - Loaves And Fishes Clothing Closet
57 Olive Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Dial (203) 562-2691 for intake.
Distributes clothing for adults and children every Saturday. There is also a pantry on site to meet nutritional needs. Work attire, shoes, boots, winter coats and more may be passed out, along with Christmas gifts and clothing.

Varick A.m.e. Zion Church
242-246 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Dial (203) 624-6245 to reach the clothing closet.

Our Lady Of Victory Church
Main location of the clothing closet is 634 Jones Hill Road
West Haven, Connecticut 06516
(203) 931-9989 Voice
The charity may have free adult, child, and even have baby clothing for members. Some minimal fees may be required in order to join the clothing bank at the church.




Goodwill Industries Brookfield Super Store and Donation Center
165 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-6861
Donate if you can. Based on what is available, this center will sell goods to the public in New Haven County. This can include furniture, antiques, bedspreads, blankets, games, toys, small appliances, winter coats, dishes, housewares and more.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store and Furniture Bank
Address: 77 State Street
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 691-5529
Vouchers may be offered for the very low income. Low income elementary, middle and high school students can get free assistance as well, including books, shoes, belts, and other goods.

Old Stone Church Thrift Shop
251 Main Street
East Haven, CT 06512
Dial (203) 467-2907
The center will sell household goods along with clothing. Items on site may be small appliances, dishes and cookware, linens, and more.

Easter Seals Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center - Goodwill Outlet Store And Warehouse
2901 State Street
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 248-1600

Marine Corps League Thrift Store
6 South Grove Street
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 639-8387
The stores sells gently used clothing, household goods, furniture and large appliances. They can also direct families to Christmas assistance toys and goods, such as Toys for Tots. There are also birthday toys, free furniture for apartments in New Haven, and other supplies.

Christian Community Action
168 Davenport Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
Call (203) 777-7848
Baby and childrens clothes, cribs, furniture, and more is available. An annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive can pass out donations of turkeys and trimmings. More details on Christian Community Action clothing programs in New Haven.

Fellowship Place
Main address is 441 Elm Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Dial (203) 401-4227 for hours of the non-profit.





Salvation Army - Family Thrift Stores
Location of non-profit is 274 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 776-2448
Several emergency assistance, social services, and other resources are offered. A clothing closet/thrift store will have free clothes, household items, and furniture. Other programs include free back to school supplies, the Angel Tree holiday assistance, and funds for paying for basic needs such as rent or heating bills.

Savers / Value Village Savers - Orange
130 Boston Post Road
Orange, Connecticut 06477
(203) 891-0789
Sells a wide range of goods to the public. This can include uniforms, clothing, books/magazines, coats, and more. Some of the specific clothing items can include winter hats, mitts, scarves, nylons, socks, and even new underwear. Household goods and furniture may be sold too, at a reduced price.


By Jon McNamara

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