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Onondaga County free clothing closets, furniture and thrift stores.

Families in need across Onondaga County can turn to a clothing closet or furniture bank for free or low cost goods, including clothes, diapers, furniture, winter attire, back to school supplies and more. Many of the locations also partner with thrift stores, or maybe they run one of those centers at the same time. Find charities and non-profits that run these distribution sites in the Syracuse area. They provide donated clothing, free school uniforms or supplies, work attire, linens, bedroom or living room furniture and maybe small appliances to eligible individuals.

A team of volunteers work at many of these clothing closets, most of which are in the city of Syracuse. They not only offer support from the center but the staff often also partner with county as well as city officials to coordinate support across Syracuse and the County. This can range from referrals to benefits to emergency supplies from a thrift store in a disaster. They also work with local school districts to provide students with shoes, bookbags, back packs, and other free school items. Free furniture banks in Onondaga County are also partner agencies.

There are a few times of the year that end to more more challenging for low income families, and this can be the winter months or back to school season. Also, new parents often struggle with increased expenses too. During those periods the centers may offer assistance such as school supplies, winter coats for children, diapers, or goods for other critical needs.

First Baptist Church Clothing Ministry
Address is 30 Clinton Street
Jordan, New York
Call 315-689-6560
The charity will provide free personal hygiene items, gently used clothing, baby items such as cribs or diapers and more.

Onondaga County Department of Social Services
Main DSS office - 401 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY
Interns or job seekers can use the clothing closet. This is also for those that are in job training or going on an interview. Items for education, such as GED testing, is available too. There are also free educational and school supply assistance programs for their kids.
Another program, Jobs Plus!, is run from DSS at 677 South Salina Street. Call 315-442-3242. Find more details on public assistance in Onondaga County.




Westvale Seventh Day Adventist Church
2511 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY
Coupons/vouchers are passed out quarterly to the needy.

Grace Episcopal Church
819 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY
Business Line is 315-478-0901
Assistance programs include free clothes (belts, shoes, bags, etc.), food from a pantry, and other programs.

Hopps Memorial CME Church
Address - 1110 South State Street
Syracuse, NY
A thrift store has furniture, clothing, kitchen utensils, and small appliances for sale at a low cost. There will also be shoes, belts, work attire, and more.

Saint Lucy's Church - Agape Shop
Location is 432 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY
Furniture such as free beds, tables, couches, and more may be sold or given to income qualified low income families or single parents.





Rescue Mission – Thrift Store
Address is 200 Gifford Street
Syracuse, New York
Dial 315-701-3862
The Outreach Program from the charity provides donated clothing, dishes, cribs for new moms, linens and small appliances in Onondaga County. There are blankets for the homeless as well.

Mary's Pantry at IHM
Address - 429 Beechwood Avenue
Liverpool, New York
315-579-8053 (Office)
There is a clothing pantry. The non-profit has information, school supplies, clothing, referrals, and more.

Camillus First Baptist Church Nearly New Shoppe
23 West Genesee Street
Camillus, New York
Phone: 315-672-5215

The Salvation Army of Onondaga County - Coats for Kids
677 South Salina Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY
Call 315-475-1688
This annual program runs to November 30 of each year. They also have low cost thrift shops. A season school supply programs gives kids pens, pencils, notebooks, book bags, and free clothes for the school year. More on Syracuse Salvation Army in Onondaga County.

University United Methodist Church
1085 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY
They partner with PEACE community action to offer clothing and school supplies. Other services include budgeting classes, credit counseling, and advice.

PEACE Community Action
The regional non-profit helps the low income regain stability. As part of this, free educational supplies are offered as well as items from a clothing or furniture bank. There may also be grants and job programs. More on Onondaga County community action agency.





Huntington Family Centers
405 Gifford Street
Syracuse, New York
Business Line to call is 315-476-3157
The Trading Post clothing closet has free items.

New Hope Family Services
Address: 3519 James Street
Syracuse, NY
Telephone – 315-437-8300
Items are for new or pregnant families in Onondaga County. There may be maternity clothes, diapers, car seats, baby clothes, and furniture.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility / Southwest Community Center
401- 425 South Avenue
Syracuse, NY
Main phone – 315-671-5802
Coats, free hats, and winter boots are also for children.

Birthright of Onondaga County
346 North Midler Avenue #46
Syracuse, NY
Call 315-479-5807
Most of the items are for new moms. Diapers, baby supplies, free maternity clothes, and other goods are passed out.

Women's Opportunity Center
Address is 901 James Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY
Phone number - 315-446-0550
They focus on women only, including single moms. The goal is to provide support, including clothing and transportation, to help them exist poverty.

Belle Grove Missionary Baptist Emergency Clothing Center
219 West Castle Street
Syracuse, NY
The center may have  personal toiletries (such as soap and shampoo), baby items, clothing for adults, and household supplies for low income tenants or homeowners.

Rescue Mission - Donation Distribution Center
East Syracuse Shop: 315-432-8560
Westvale Shop: 315-299-4400
Liverpool location of the store can be called at 315-451-2253
Valley Shop - Call 315-492-0802
Residents of Cicero dial 315-699-8091
Low cost goods are sold. Shoes, books, laptops, school supply items, kitchen utensils, furniture, and more.

Exodus 3 Ministries
301-315 North Geddes Street
Syracuse, New York
Women can dial 315-299-7153

Fabius-Pompey Outreach
7404 Academy Street
Pompey, New York
Client Services Number - 315-682-6332
Find help with emergency clothing, transportation to medical appointments, referrals, grants to pay for items lost in a disaster, scholarships, shoes for school and more.







American Red Cross of Central New York
344 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York
Only helps in a disaster. Dial 315-234-2200.

Female Charitable Society of Baldwinsville Medical Equipment Loan Closet
10 River Street
Baldwinsville, NY
While some clothes may be offered, most of the support is equipment such as commodes, wheelchairs, hospital beds/mattresses, walkers, etc. This is a form of furniture bank as well for medical goods. All applicants need to live in the Baldwinsville School District.

The Clothing Closet - North Side Neighborhood
501 James Street
Syracuse, New York
Phone – 315-471-1678
Donations are used to help low income families in this part of Onondaga County. A Shoppers Club will also allow clients to reserve clothing, such as winter coats, that they need.


By Jon McNamara











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