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Philadelphia region and metro area free clothing closets, furniture, and school supply programs.

Residents of the greater Philadelphia metro area can get help from a free clothing closet or furniture bank. The centers will provide those who qualify with free items, including clothes, school supplies, household furniture, diapers, appliances, computers, or winter attire. Or if you are not eligible to receive an item at a reduced price or for free, then the general public can usually purchase gently used clothing and more from a thrift store in counties including Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and others. Find how and where to get free stuff below.

There are free locations as well as clothes, furniture, and other resources around the entire region, including the counties of Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery. Every year thousands of children, seniors, and low income families benefit from the resources made available. Note that the centers rely heavily on contributions so items are limited. Also please do donate if you can.

Some of what may be provided by a clothing closet includes winter coats, professional work attire, shoes, uniforms, laptops or desktop computers and free school supplies as well as uniforms/clothes. Some locations will also distribute gifts and toys around Christmas. Other clothing closets or furniture banks in the city or county may also be able to refer clients to free voucher programs, employment agencies, or other local non-profits or charities.

Charities that give free stuff, household and personal stuff in Philly area

Career Wardrobe and Skills
Street address: 413 N 4th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123. Phone: (215) 568-6693
Programs are offered for women. The non-profit will assist unemployed or underemployed women in their transition to work by providing free professional attire, career skills training, and networking. The agency can help clients find a new or better job, earn a livable wage, and create a long term career path. There kids may be given free books, school items, and other educational supplies.

Cradles to Crayons
4700 Wissahickon Ave Suite 142, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Call (215) 836-0958
Focuses on meeting the needs of children from low income families. Books, school clothing, and other items are distributed.

 

 

 

Philadelphia Furniture Bank
This non-profit supports the entire region, including Montgomery, Bucks, and the city as well as County of Philadelphia. A major focus is on the formerly homeless. They can get free furniture such as for a bedroom, kitchen or living room. Appliances, computers for work or school, mattresses, couches, and appliances like stoves, washers/dryers and more. It is part of Pathways to Housing at 5201 Old York Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141. Dial 215-232-1984.

Friends Neighborhood Guild, Inc.
Address:  701 N 8th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123. Call (215) 923-4115
May provide free baby diapers and household goods. This can be kitchen utensils, electronics, furniture, and general clothes.

Philadelphia Free Furniture Bank
Location is 3650 I Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134. Main phone - 215.291.9830
All counties are supported, including Bucks, Chester, and others. There may be beds, tables, couches, and many other free furniture items passed out to the low income as well as needy. In some cases low income families from Philadelphia can get free appliances, Chromebooks for students, or other household stuff.

Grands As Parent's (G.A.P.'s) Clothes Closet
Address - 2227 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Call (877) 236-5848 for hours
A wide variety of free stuff may be offered. Get clothes, winter coats, jackets, and also uniforms for school or work. Students can be given sneakers or backpacks and adults work attire.

Wings for Success
Address: 345 Scarlet Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348. Main number is (610) 644-6323
Offers job appropriate clothing, confidence-building workshops, and general  wardrobe guidance.

Lighthouse, Inc.
Clothing closet address: 152 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133. Phone number is (215) 425-7800
A free food pantry and clothing bank are on site. There may also be free small furniture items, such as kitchen utensils, pots or pans, lights, tables and more.

Blessed Sarnelli Community
Location is 2739 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134. Call (571) 314-3428
Anyone can use the clothing closet, including immigrants. Free clothes, personal stuff, toiletries and more. There are also food boxes in Philadelphia, socks or underwear, winter attire and more.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army, Greater Philadelphia
Several centers operate in the region. Thrift stores and a clothing closet are at most locations. Some have free furniture banks. Other resources include free Christmas assistance, gifts for children, and possibly emergency financial help for paying bills such as rent or heating. Employment services may be offered too. The main location is 3150 N Mascher St, Philadelphia, PA 19133. Call (215) 423-5303. Other sites may be below.

This is all in addition to the back to school supply drives. Students from kindergarten to high school can be given free notebooks, tablets, shoes, coats, clothes, bags, Chromebooks and much more stuff from the Salvation Army. There is also a free furniture bank at some sites.

  • 6376 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144, phone (215) 848-7690
  • 3225 Reed St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146, dial (215) 465-0300
  • 4344 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19124 ,intake number is (215) 288-3596
  • 3150 N Mascher St, Philadelphia, PA, 19133, (215) 423-9300
  • 1340 Brown St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123, (215) 717-1169

More on Salvation Army assistance programs Philadelphia County.

Inner City Missions
They help women only from 2439 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Dial (215) 634-7445
Get free professional or general clothes. Dresses, purses, high heels, and other work or year round items are offered. There are also job programs, computer training classes (or computers) and other goods.

Broad Street Ministry
Clothing closet is at 315 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Call (215) 735-4847
Children and adults can get free clothes, based on donations. There may be work items, supplies for school, or winter jackets or coats. Find clothes like socks, jackets, shirts, slacks, or dresses. Or find underwear, feminine products and other items. The ministry also helps single moms and dads in Philadelphia.

Old First Reformed United Church of Christ
A Clothing Cupboard is at 151 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Call (215) 922-4566

Sisters of Saint Basil the Great
The free Support Ministry is at 710 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Telephone - (215) 780-1227
Free clothing, basic household needs, kitchen or cooking items and other goods are offered to the working poor, low income, and struggling.

Whosoever Gospel Mission and Rescue Home Association
The thrift store and furniture bank are at 101 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Phone - (215) 438-3094
Mostly they sell low income furniture or clothes, including beds, electronics, lamps, pots and pans, utensils and more. In some emergency cases free stuff, or even furniture or household items, are offered.

 

 

 

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia
901 East Luzerne St., Philadelphia, PA, 19124. Call 484-704-7153 or (215) 288-9540
Free stuff can be given from a food pantry, clothing closet, or furniture distribution center. There are kitchen supplies, clothes for the homeless or unemployed, mattresses for kids, and much more.

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
Address: 2029 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. Main number is (215) 468-1645
An assistance program offers free gently used clothing item including footwear and winter coats to community residents. There is also grants, free diapers or baby supplies, cribs, and more.

NGA, Inc.
822 Veterans Way, Warminster, Pennsylvania, 18974. Call (215) 682-9183
The agency may have clothing and personal care items for low income families. What also may be provided includes new gifts of clothes, linens and personal care items.

Philadelphia Black Women's Health Alliance
1324 W Clearfield St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132. Call (215) 225-0394 or Phone number is (215) 382-3292
The alliance offers a wide range of assistance to parenting and pregnant women. PBWHP provides items and services including referrals for formula, free diapers, housing, baby clothes, etc.

Pregnancy Resource Clinic of North Penn
Primary location is 311 N Broad St, Lansdale, PA 19446. Main phone number: (215) 855-2424
The clinic may have maternity clothing for all stages of pregnancy. In addition, get baby equipment, cribs, diapers, baby clothing up to 12 month and some supplies, including formula. There are many other places to turn to for stuff as well. Find free baby items.

A Baby's Breath Thrift store
2062 W Main St, Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania 19403. Call (610) 630-9630
Or stop by the center at 827 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010. Phone (610) 520-2227 or 78 Second Avenue in Collegeville. Cribs, car seats, free maternity clothes, and other furniture and supplies for new as well as single mothers.

Adventist Community Service Center
3253 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA, 19403. Phone: (610) 489-6671
As resources allow, will try to help the needy. Free clothing, meals, holiday programs, and referrals.

Rescue Relief For Senior Citizens
2671 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125. For hours, dial (215) 426-1977
Information and referrals are offered. May even be able to help seniors by advising them on expenses, bills, rent, and other needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methodist Neighborhood Services
The charity is at 47 E Haines St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144. Main number is (215) 236-0304

Stitches of Love - Community Outreach Program
Main address: 9141 South Primrose Circle
Breinigsville, PA, 18031
Telephone - (610) 780-0247

Working Wardrobe for Men
5000 Oxford Avenue (Frankford High School)
Philadelphia, PA, 19124
Call (215) 464-3955
Slacks, shoes, pants, belts, and more is offered.

School-Based Program & Teen Parent Education Project (TPEP)
204 N W St Suite 101
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901
(215) 348-9770
The resources try to make it possible for clients to continue their education even if they are pregnant or parenting. TPEP can provide assistance including food, help with your medical needs, free clothing and even baby diapers and formula.

Keystone Opportunity Center
Locations is 201 Main St.
Souderton, PA, 18964
Call (215) 723-8750

Colonial Neighborhood Council
107 East Fourth Avenue
Conshohocken, PA, 19428
Runs a thrift store. Sells gently used goods to the general public, including coats, boots, school supplies, and other items. TV, furniture, couches, vintage goods, and other free items and furniture are offered too.

Free Clothing Bank of Open Door Ministry
350 Main Street, Royersford, PA, 19468. to see if qualified, dial (610) 948-4818
The clothing available in the Wardrobe are nicer items including new clothes with tags still on, brand-name clothing, formula, work attire, clothes and supplies for school, or other unique clothing items.

  • Open Door Ministry Thrift Store
    350 Main Street, Royersford, Pennsylvania, 19468. Call (610) 948-4818
    The thrift store has household items, games, toys, baby items, limited food items, and furniture available fr low cost purchase. Get desks for work or school, appliances like a dishwasher and many other goods.

 

 

 

 

Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities/Cluster Outreach Center
Location of clothing closet: 57 N Franklin St.
Pottstown, PA, 19464
(610) 970-5995
The locations offers a school program that provides sneakers, new clothing, book bags, and school supplies to children. Christmas toy and gift program provide toys, gifts, and even certificates to lower income children and families.

Rachels Prom Dress and Fairy Godmothers, Inc.
The donations and program is run from Academy Injury & Health Center. 2808 Southampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154. Call (215) 637-1212
It provides high school students with gowns, shoes, make up, jewelry and other items for The Prom Fair.

By Jon McNamara

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