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Santa Barbara County free clothing closets, furniture banks and school supplies.

Santa Barbara County California is supported by several free clothing closets, low cost thrift stores, and free furniture banks. They provide items, including free clothes or back to school supplies, birthday toys, furniture and more to low income families, immigrants, and struggling households. While some of the locations are in nearby towns or counties, coverage is generally provided to qualified families as well as individuals that live in Santa Barbara. Whether it is clothes for work or school, beds for kids, or some other free item, help is offered. Or if a location can’t meet your needs, referrals may be provided.

Resources vary widely by location and time of the year. Some of what may be provided includes clothes such as coats or shoes, professional work items, uniforms or dresses, free school supplies for students, gift cards, and more. They also have some free gently used furniture or household products. Many low income families also struggle to provide during the holiday season, so free Christmas assistance, including toys and gifts, may be offered for children in Santa Barbara County California.

Catholic Charities Of Santa Barbara County
Main address - 612 Spring Road, Suite 101
Moorpark, California, 93021
The non-profit charity organization, and its partner churches, provide many resources to the low income, migrant workers, and those families facing a hardship. Receive clothing assistance and apply for holiday programs when funds permit. There may be work uniforms, boots, bookbags, laptops cases, and other goods. Some financial support for rent, utilities, or food may also be available. More on Catholic Charities assistance programs in Santa Barbara.

Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, Inc.
Telephone number - 805-373-0504
Provides low cost goods, advice and information on jobs to residents Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. There may be medical equipment like crutches, disability friendly beds, or wheelchairs. Additional assistance is focused on senior citizens and the elderly. All donations of furniture, household appliances, and other items are appreciated.





Lutheran Social Services / LSS Community Care Centers
(805) 497-6207
Most of the assistance is offered for homeless individuals and families. This includes vouchers to pay for clothing, case management, laundry, and mail center. Blankets, sleeping bags, and other goods in Santa Barbara County too. They give kids from low income families backpacks, school supplies, free shoes, and similar goods. Referrals can be provided by the non-profit for emergency shelter and hot meals.

Casa Pacifica Santa Barbara Centers For Children And Families
Main phone - 805-445-7800
The organization can pass out new and gently used books, clothing, and toys around Christmas time. Sometimes gift cards may be offered in the Santa Barbara region. Address is 115 S La Cumbre, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Interface Children & Family Services
While based in Camarillo, provides coverage to nearby Santa Barbara residents too. Call 805-485-6114 for information or intake. Most of the help is for low income families as well as single moms on Cal-Works.

Christ the King Church - Dignity Health - St. John's Regional Medical Center
While resources are limited, the center will do its best to support the working poor, people facing poverty, and low income families. The site may have clothes, coats, school uniforms and free diapers, among other items.





Community Action Agency of Santa Barbara
Mostly information and referrals are provided. Case managers can help individuals apply for some assistance programs too. The non-profit provides opportunity to meet with a wide range of social service programs, including free clothing distribution centers. They also have information on free furniture banks, places that give clothes for interviews, and school supply giveaway events.

  • 5638 Hollister Ave., Goleta, California 93117, 805.964.8857
  • 120 West Chestnut Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436, dial 805.740.4555
  • 5638 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117, 805.964.8857
  • Chapel Office, 201 West Chapel St. Santa Maria, California 93458, 805.922.2243

People Helping People is located in Solvang but covers the county. They give advice, food, free household goods (like clothes or basic furniture like couches), and referrals. Some financial aid is offered as well. Whether clothes for work, free kitchen or cooking items, or something else, assistance is offered. More on People Helping People assistance programs.

Unity Shoppe is a local non-profit at 110 West Sola Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101. They operate a number of programs. There is a grocery store (food pantry) and clothing closet which may have socks, undergarments, pants and even school supply items such as bags, pens, or pencils. A free furniture bank is on site too with beds, tables, kitchen supplies and more. Or use the Santa Toy Shoppe or Job Smart program. Call 1 805-965-4122.

Catholic Charities Of Ventura County may offer support as well.
Main number - 805-643-4694
They run programs such as homeless drop-in services (case management, food, and referrals for additional services), Clothing assistance, and a regional Thrift Store which sells free household items, toys, furniture and limited small appliances. Also, special holiday and gifts programs are offered as funds and donations permit.

Operation Homefront of Santa Barbara and Southern California
Call the agency at 866-424-5210. Locations and offices are located across the region.
This organization provides short term, emergency financial aid and other assistance to the wounded warriors and also families of service members. This can include Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers, Furniture and household items, Emergency home repairs, and other crisis assistance.

Salvation Army- Service Extension Office
The center can distribute help to seniors, children, and those that are struggling. Clothing, coats, and free Christmas gifts or toys may be passed out. A thrift store can sell gently used items to the community. Seasonal resources include free school supplies, bookbags or work suits as well. A low cost furniture bank is on site. They also support migrant farm workers and Spanish speakers in Santa Barbara County. The main office is at 423 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, California, Telephone number is (805) 962-6281 but there are other locations.





Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Santa Barbara, CA
Phone - (805) 687-7547
May have clothes and household items and money for basic needs such as housing or utilities.


By Jon McNamara

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