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Free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in Rochester and Monroe County New York.

Residents who need assistance in Monroe County and Rochester can receive free items, such as clothes, school supplies, diapers or maybe even furniture from a clothing closet or a free, charitable furniture bank. Centers are located across the region and they are committed to assisting low income families with meeting their basic needs.

The locations have an extensive number of items offered to the less fortunate. Qualified individuals can receive household goods, winter coats, boots, and more. Locations may distribute vouchers to qualified Rochester individuals so that they can purchase the goods at no cost to them. Other clothing closets may distribute free Christmas assistance (such as toys and gifts for children), suits and dresses for work, furniture for a new apartment and in general support the less fortunate in the community.

The primary locations in Monroe County are below. Not only may free clothes for work, everyday wear, or school uniforms be given out, but many of the clothing closets have staff that provide referrals to financial aid and more. Free baby supplies are also offered at many local charities. The goal is to help low income families with basic needs and get the financial help they need.

The Store House- Clothing Closet
1050 East Avenue
Rochester, New York, 14607
Telephone number is 585-473-0950
The location administers a number of resources. For example, the center distributes new or second hand clothing, linens, kitchenware, children’s books, toys and even games. The non-profit also accepts, and really relies on donations of these goods. Other items that may be provided, if they are in stock, include wash cloths, pots & pans, winter outerwear for all ages, shoes, and other clothing items.

Salem Nutrition Center - United Church of Christ
Location - 60 Bittner Street
Rochester, NY, 14604
Telephone : 585-454-5973
May have free clothing for both children and adults.




Catholic Family Center
30 Hart Street
Rochester, NY, 14605
Call 585-546-7220
Basic needs and emergency assistance is offered. This includes a holiday program for registered clients, clothing, prescription assistance, back to school supplies for students, and summer lunches. Other support includes free clothing and referrals for mental health. There may be some basic furniture, such as a bed or couch.

Additional programs provide assistance with applying for low cost medical insurance, eye exams/glasses through Project Eyecare and information on plans such as Medicaid and Child Health Plus. More on the Catholic Charities in Rochester New York.

Baden Street Settlement
Address - 152 Baden Street
Rochester, New York, 14605
Call 585-325-8100 for intake
The location offers casework advocacy and emergency assistance including free clothing for all ages and bus passes.

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
304 Joseph Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14605

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish
316 Bay Street
Rochester, NY, 14605
Runs a thrift shop for Monroe County and sells used men's, women's and children's clothing. There is also a low cost furniture bank.





Bethany House
333 Child Street
Rochester, New York, 14611
Phone - 585-275-5151
Thrift store sells furniture, appliances, household goods and other clothing.

Grace Community Church Ministries
1101 Norton Street
Rochester, NY, 14621
Telephone number : 585-467-3093

Outreach Community Center
Address 447 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY, 14611
Call 585-328-0887 for hours.
Everything from books to free school supplies to students, boots, winter gear and more is offered.

Charles Settlement House
445 Jay Street
Rochester, NY, 14611
Call 585-328-5453
Crisis intervention resources are available. Use the on site clothing closet, receive Housing referrals and Employment assistance and the non-profit also assists with obtaining birth certificates and non-driver's ID. The center is a member of the Emergency Services and Family Stabilization Network.

End Time Church
144 Edinburgh Street
Rochester, New York, 14608

Salvation Army Family stores and social services
Several locations are in Monroe County. Each has a combination of financial aid and household or basic supplies. Whether it is a free back to school supply and uniform giveaway or birthday or Christmas toys for kids, household cleaning supplies, or even energy bill help, the assistance is wide ranging. They also operate Family Stores with furniture, kitchen supplies, bedroom sets, and other goods for low income families. More on Salvation Army in Monroe County.

Open Door Mission Plymouth Avenue Caring Center
Address is 156 N Plymouth Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14608
Telephone number - 585-454-6696 ext. 126
A program has free clothing or women and children. It also coordinates senior single housing for males and females and may have small household items available. Donations are always appreciated too.





House of Mercy
Address of clothing closet is 725 Hudson Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14621
Phone – 585-546-2580
It offers a homeless shelter, clothing, and more.

Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center
858-860 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14613
Dial 585-458-7296

Grace Community Village, Inc.
Main address is 121 Driving Park Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14613

Town/Village of East Rochester
333 E Chestnut Street
East Rochester, New York, 14445
Telephone: 585-586-0525
Has household goods such as Bedding/Linen and Kitchenware, baby food/formula, electric and utility bill assistance, medications, and even emergency rental assistance for Monroe County. Items may be provided during the winter to keep residents warm, and this may include boots and winter coats. Other items include work suits and social services such as career counseling.

Southwest Area Neighborhood Association
275 Dr. Samuel Mccree Way, Southwest Community Center
Rochester,  New York
Telephone number is 585-436-8201
Referrals are given. There is a soup kitchen, clothing and furniture bank, and basic household supplies. Other goods include winter gear for kids and seniors, backpacks or school bags (as well as free uniforms) and more.

Cameron Community Ministries
Location is 48 Cameron Street
Rochester, NY, 14606
Phone: 585-254-2697

Hope Ministry
Primary address - 1450 Ridge Road
Webster, NY, 14580
Main number is 585-265-6694
Emergency clothing, household goods, and more is offered from the center. Also apply for funds for expenses such as car repairs or money for utilities. The clothing closet at this non-profit is focused on the low income.

Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf

Mission Share Outreach Center
10 Cedarfield Commons
Rochester, New York, 14612
Call 585-368-0744 for intake







Wellspring Church Inc. Food Distribution Center
Location is 22 Teft Avenue
Clifton Springs, New York, 14432
Phone number is 315-548-6292
In addition to groceries may distribute free gentle used household items includes bedding/linen, furniture, appliances, gently used clothing, and other items. All resources depend on availability.

St. Felix Community Food Cupboard
12 Hibbard Avenue
Clifton Springs, NY, 14432
Telephone - 315-462-3027

St. Vincent DePaul Society - Clothing and Furniture Bank
Address - Thompson Co-op Center , 120 N Main Street
Canandaigua, New York, 14424
Social services are wide ranging in Monroe County. Special holiday and Christmas assistance programs may be offered too. They also have winter attire, free furniture (beds, appliances, tables, couches, etc.), a low cost thrift store and other programs.


By Jon McNamara














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