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Free clothing closets, furniture and school supply programs in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area.

Families who live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia can receive a number of free or low cost items including clothes, furniture for their home or apartment, diapers, back to school supplies and more from clothing closets as well as furniture banks in the region, including Virginia Beach. Charities, churches, and other agencies provide help.

There can be school supplies given out, work attire, clothing for the winter or summer months and even furniture or free household supplies. Most of the centers will try to provide items for free, however some locations (such as thrift stores) may sell the goods at a reduced price to the general public.

Some centers may provide more than just clothes. Locations may have on site volunteers or case managers who will help individuals find a job, apply for government aid, or access other self-sufficiency programs. While most of the locations do rely on the generosity of people in the community, the closets may have items such as shoes, winter coats, school uniforms or bookbags or supplies, and more. Some household goods may also be available at the Virginia Beach centers as well.

Kids Closet can provide clothing for children and teenagers. It is operated by Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. There are also back to school giveaway events in which free shoes, backbacks, and other supplies are given to low income parents with children.
212 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Call (757) 428-7727 or (757)288-7653

Clothing Ministry
Telephone: (757)422-9521
This is a center that offers free clothing items for the low income and needy. Items are collected, sorted, and distributed by volunteers and staff. There may be shoes, slacks, boots, and much more. Items are then distributed to the less fortunate in the Virginia Beach region.




Open Door Chapel
3177 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
The organization runs a thrift store and a free clothing closet for the low income, needy, and working poor. Goods are sold to the general public, including household goods, furniture, school clothing, and more. The furniture may include beds, couches, electronics, lamps, and many other items.

Bethany Christian Services of Hampton Roads
287 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Main number - (757)499-9367
Much assistance is offered for pregnant women and newborns. Some of the services include pregnancy counseling, post adoption services, maternity clothing, referrals to medical care for women who are pregnant and more. Some formula and free diapers may be offered too.

Potter's House @ Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
Address is 1709 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Call ((757) 428-7727
Free material items or financial aid. There is even a bicycle program at the ministry. Or get free clothes, food, work attire, hygiene goods and more.





Salvation Army- Hampton Roads Area Command
Location is 5525 Raby Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Call (757)543-8100
A number of social services are offered. This includes food and clothing assistance. During the holidays free Christmas meals, gifts, and other aid may be offered. They also have back to school events for low income students from local Virginia Beach area schools. While more limited, financial assistance may be offered for basic needs such as rent or energy bills. More on the Salvation Army in Virginia Beach.
A second location is at 203 West 19th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517. Dial (757)543-8100.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul -Saint Matthew Catholic Church - Virginia Beach
Address is 3314 Sandra Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
For referrals, the main office is at 757-420-6310
Everything from food to clothes, small furniture items, and other goods may be offered for free.

Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project
2551 Almeda Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23513
Telephone number is (757)858-1360
A number of referrals and services are offered for the low income. This can include information on free clothing closets. They also administer crisis programs, food, and emergency financial assistance. Some resources are offered on short notice. Continue with Southeastern Tidewater STOP assistance programs.

Kempsville Presbyterian Church
Address is 805 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Main phone - 757-495-191
There is a free clothing closet. They assist the needy, low income, and struggling with clothes and more.

Wounded Wear
The non-profit will offer modified clothing for veterans in the region.
4200 East Indian River Road
Chesapeake, VA 23325
Telephone number is (757)773-8079





FOTE Outreach and Community Development Program
Clothing closet address is 2147 Old Greenbrier Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320 view map - 14 mile(s)
The general public can access the free/low cost clothing closet. An application and intake process is in place as well. Individuals across the entire Hampton Road Community can apply for assistance, if they need help.

Norfolk Baptist Association
Address:  1407 Stephanie Way Suite F
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Call (757)938-9793 for intake
The center has some or all of the following. Free baby items (clothes, diapers, car seats, play pens, linens). Maternity items may be distributed as well. Students from elementary to high school may be given book bags, back packs, and many other items.

Office of Human Affairs
2708 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Low income and needy families may receive gently used clothing that is clean, new or used. Items will be in good condition. Aid is offered for children from needy families. Most of what is available is for job seekers in the Hampton Roads area.

Greater Faith House of Refuge
The address is 5441 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Ste. 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Call (757) 401-9656
The clothing bank supplies clothing, hygiene products. housing essentials, and non-perishable foods for those who are in need.

Goodwill Super Thrift Store
2165 Cunningham Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone – (757)380-8504
A focus is on people who are looking for employment. The organization will work with individuals and help them achieve their highest degree of personal and economic independence. They distribute donated clothing, household and other items in several retail stores in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area. They also provide referrals to the federal government.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Main address is 230 33rd Street
Newport News, VA 23607
Call (757)380-1574
The resources include a low cost thrift store and free clothing bank as well as food. Gift cards, vouchers, and other aid can help low income parents get a crib. There are diapers, maternity clothes, and other services available too. They also try to give students from low income families shoes, pens, pencils, and other items for the school year. A low cost thrift store sells furniture too.







Soldier and Family Readiness (ACS)
601 Hines Circle
Newport News, VA
Telephone number is (757)878-1974

Union Mission Ministries
Main address - 5100 East Virginia Beach Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23514
Dial (757)627-8686
The church offers free clothing, furniture, food, and other household goods to help individuals in crisis situations. Blankets, lines, and other goods may be passed out as well.

Children's Health Investment Program of South Hampton Roads
Main address: 1302 Jefferson Avenue
Chesapeake, Virginia 23324
Telephone – (757)543-9100
Services will allow any qualified low-income parent in the region to attend a safe-sleeping educational program and to receive a free Graco Pack n’ Play crib at no cost.

By Jon McNamara

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