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Free clothing closets in Waukesha, Jefferson, and Walworth County.

While resources are limited, several clothing closets assist the low income and poor in Waukesha County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of struggling, unemployed, and working poor families will request some form of assistance every month. The centers do their best to meet the needs of the less fortunate.

A main focus is on helping children and families that just need a little support to regain self-sufficiency or make it through a hardship. Qualified residents may receive free winter coats, shoes, school supplies, and Christmas toys or gifts. Work attire may be passed out too.

While centers are located in Waukesha, Jefferson, Walworth, and Dodge, they may also have referrals to other nearby options. From time to time groups like the Salvation Army may also have food or financial aid, in addition to the clothing programs.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Fort Atkinson
Address: 1525 Summit Drive, #4
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538-1525
Main phone number is (920) 568-1266
The Jefferson County center distributes low cost (or free) gently used clothing and household items to the needy and poor.

Lake Mills Inc. - Saint Vincent De Paul Society
Primary location is 720 East Lake Street
Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551
(920) 648-2800
May have gently used furniture, clothing, appliances, Christmas toys and much more. This charity supports the towns and cities of Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Deerfield and Cambridge.

New Berlin Clothing Closet / Food Pantry of Waukesha County
14750 West Cleveland Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
Call (262) 789-8040 for hours.
When possible, the location will provide diapers and used clothing. However the main focus is on providing food. Other assistance includes free school supplies for children/families in need, holiday support (including Thanksgiving and Christmas), toys and more.




Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta St Vincent De Paul Society
Location of clothing center is W314 N7462 Highway 83
North Lake, Wisconsin 53064
(262) 966-0366

St. Vincent De Paul Society Waukesha County, Oconomowoc Thrift Store
Main address: W359 N5848 Brown St.
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066
Call (262) 569-0761 for hours.
The on-site thrift store may have low cost used clothing and household items or personal hygiene items.

Sussex Area Outreach Services Resource Center,
Sussex, WI 53089
(262) 246-9490
This is a clothing and housewares bank for Waukesha County. Low income and working poor clients from the region may "shop" for what they need, which helps make the distribution site very efficient.

Hope Center
Main address - 502 North East Avenue
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
Main number is (262) 549-8726
As resources allow, donated clothing will be passed out by the site to needy children, men, and women that live in Waukesha County Wisconsin. In addition to basic goods, the center may have professional attire available for job related needs, such as suits. Other goods offered can be free baby supplies, including play pens, car seats, strollers, etc. may be available. Qualified lower income new mothers may receive a layette for newborns.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Waukesha County – Thrift Store
S30 W24836 Sunset Drive
Waukesha, WI 53189
Telephone - (262) 547-3281





Salvation Army Thrift Store
Main address is 1537 East Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53186
The thrift store/clothing center can be reached at (262) 542-4768
The Salvation Army is involved in passing out reasonably priced used clothing and household items. Other resources include free Christmas items, school supplies, meals, and help for children and senior citizens.

The Community Space
834 E Milwaukee Street
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
Phone number is 262-379-0187
The cjarity offers free clothing, household items, furniture, kitchen goods, and more. They have a food pantry. They also have a little free pantry in the vestibule that is open 24/7. The hours of the clothing bank are Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 11, Wednesday 330 to 7 and Saturday 8:20 to 2.

The hours are very limited. This particular closet is involved in the collecting of clothing in good shape. They then will redistribute it, free of charge, to people and families in need. Boots, shoes, winter coats, and backpacks for schools are some of the items in high demand.


By Jon McNamara

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