Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. today opened a new clothing distribution room that will provide a regular Shelter service. A room immediately inside the Shelter entrance is outfitted with an inventory of neatly folded and sorted donated items: clothing clearly marked with size, hygiene selections and other practical items. Each Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 AM until 11 AM that room is open for all in need to select items they can use.
“The price is right,” exclaimed one delighted woman, “because everything is free!”
Many supporters in the Quad Cities area bring used clothing to the Shelter. This new clothing distribution system will get items to those who can use them more effectively. While current and past Shelter participants are eligible to receive these items, the room is also open to anyone in need.
Today Shelter staff oversaw the distribution of clothing, but they’re hoping for local volunteers to help says Jason Rockwell, Director of Shelter Operations.
“Basically, we just need someone here to see that the clothing remains neat. And a volunteer will let us know what inventory items we need to replenish at the end of the morning,” explained Jason.
“People can volunteer on a regular basis, like every Monday or every other Monday, or on a one-time basis, such as once a month.”
The room monitor will ensure that just two “customers” at any given time can select the items they need. The room is only about 150 square feet, so the two-at-a-time policy gives people the space they need to make those selections comfortably.
Clothing Room Equipment
Next week, the room will also have shelving to hold shoes. That’s in process. But, looking ahead, Jason also sees a need to provide outwear for the cold weather that’s coming.
For that, the Shelter set up a Wish List on Amazon.com, hoping to receive three commercial racks on wheels to hold winter coats. One of the three has been donated—and it’s already in service! The racks cost about $60. Jason is hoping that two more donors or groups will contribute one.
Shelter supporters can also contribute anytime via PayPal. They can set up an automatically recurring donation on a regular basis. Monthly donations are especially important. They supply a regular, reliable source of funding.
The new clothing room saw constant use today. So, if the first day is an indicator, it appears to be a popular and useful service.