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Upper Michigan free clothing closets, back to school supplies and furniture programs.

If you are struggling to provide for your family, find places for free clothes, households goods, school supplies, furniture and more. A clothing closet may be able to help. There are several of these, and also thrift stores, in the upper Michigan region and they assist thousands of families every year. Charities pass out diapers, free back to school supplies, give winter hats or boots, clothes for work, and even low cost furniture. Some residents may receive free items from the centers while others may shop there and purchase gently used goods at reduced prices.

Some of the goods provided can include baby clothes, items for school or work, backpacks, professional work attire, and more. The seasonal support may be Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas toys or gift baskets. Many children can also receive free winter coats, hats, boots, gloves and more during the cold Michigan winter. Or low income and single moms may apply for free birthday presents for a child. Find other sources of free winter coats if needed.

Centers are located across the entire upper Michigan region. They are in the counties of Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft. If a location is not near you then referrals may be offered as well. The numerous non-profits, churches and charities that run these clothing centers and thrift stores are committed to helping the poor and less fortunate obtain what they need when facing a hardship or crisis situation.

Goodwill Industries Of Mid and Upper Michigan, Inc.
Main phone number - (989) 671-1140
There are several thrift stores in which community members from counties such as Delta and Baraga may purchase affordable household goods, clothing and furniture, among other items. Seasonal goods such as winter coats and clothing may be sold too. There are a number of these stores scattered across the region. Many families also shop at the Burton Retail Store And Donation Center, which can be reached at (810) 744-2260.





Caro Goodwill Store
Main address is 1560 West Caro Road
Caro, Michigan 48723
Call the center at (989) 672-1155
A thrift store is available. The lowest income clients, in some limited situations, may be provided vouchers that they can use to shop and receive free supplies and clothes. There may be school items, shoes, appliances, and much more.

Human Development Commission, Wear-a-bouts Resale/consignment Shop
Main location is 1517 East Deckerville Road
Caro, MI 48723
Call the center at (989) 672-2913
The location is a resale and consignment shop that sells gently used goods.

Eaton Clothing And Furniture Center
Call the center at (517) 543-4334
Furniture, clothing and other household items are offered. They also accept donations of computers and supplies that can be resold.

Clio Retail Store And Donation Center
Main phone number is (810) 686-3188

Goodwill Industries Of Upper Michigan
There are several locations. They location provides services to Delta, Dickinson County and Houghton County and nearby regions, per below. Donations of goods are always needed from the general public. Or also please donate volunteer time in an effort to help the less fortunate. Some of what may be sold or offered for free in a crisis include winter coats, shoes, blankets, school supplies and uniforms, and much more. Other goods may include new or secondhand furniture, small household appliances, toys, clothing and other material goods at lower than retail prices.
Delta County is supported by a site at 2201 6th Avenue North, Escanaba, Michigan 49829, Dial (906) 786-5001 for hours.
Houghton County Goodwill site, 911 Razorback Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, (906) 482-3680
Dickinson County site is at W 8159 US Highway 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. The main phone number is (906) 774-4402.
Marinette County center - 2200 Roosevelt Road, Marinette, Michigan 54143, (715) 732-4004
Marquette County, 3125 US Highway 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855, (906) 226-2444
Chippewa County, 3074 South Mackinac Trail, Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783, dial (906) 379-4876





Maranatha Assembly Of God - Maranatha Messengers
Location is 917 Pyle Drive
Kingsford, MI 49802
Dial the non-profit at (906) 774-7877 for hours.
Provides clothing for Dickinson County low income and working poor people who need it. Seniors and many children get help too. Other goods range from diapers to cribs, professional work attire, books, and much more.

Salvation Army -  Upper Peninsula Divisional
There are several Corp Centers. The non-profit provides food items for a holiday meal, clothing for the children, and gift wrapped toys. Thrift stores, clothing closets, and the Angel Tree are some of the main programs administered. They also give out free backpacks, bookbags, and other school supplies to low income students in need.

  • Delta County center - 3001 Fifth Avenue South, Escanaba, Michigan 49829, (906) 786-0590
  • Houghton low income families can turn to the office at 408 Ravine Street, Hancock, Michigan 49930, main phone (906) 482-3420
  • 1009 West Baraga Street, Marquette, MI 49855, call (906) 226-2241 for intake.
  • Other centers are in the region too. Find Salvation Army assistance programs in Michigan.


By Jon McNamara

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