Since March of 2004, thanks to a partnership with the South Dakota Human Services Center (SD HSC), a project called The Clothing Closet has offered community members who are struggling to make ends meet the opportunity to receive free, quality clothing in a dignified, and welcoming space. Since its inception, thousands of individuals of all ages have been served by this critical community service.

This past year, due to the increased need in the Yankton community and surrounding areas, a more accessible location for those needing clothing, as well as the manpower required, SD HSC and United Way of Greater Yankton started a conversation on how to better serve the public.

Partners gathered to discuss how our community can continue this critical program in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. United Way of Greater Yankton has led this effort, working with community leaders and organizations like Servant Hearts Clinic and Pathway Shelter for the Homeless to relocate The Clothing Closet while maintaining a seamless transition of services.

Thanks to a strong partnership with Servant Hearts Clinic, a nonprofit free health care organization located at 3rd & Capital, United Way will now be facilitating The Clothing Closet program within the available storefront space at 203 E 3rd Street within Yankton’s Meridian District.  

Over the past few months, thanks to generous donations from 100 Women of Yankton and the Yankton Community Foundation, United Way and their Heart Club Committee volunteers have been working to renovate the gifted 1,500 square foot space.

The Clothing Closet was officially re-opened to families in need of clothing at the new renovated location, on Monday, April 1, 2019. Regular service hours will be 2-6 p.m. each Monday afternoon, overlapping Servant Hearts Clinic’s Monday evening service hours.  Vouchers from outside agencies are no longer needed for families to participate, however an initial application process will be conducted asking family demographics and overall need.  Family information will also be used to track use of the program.

Pathways Shelter for the Homeless will also partner with The Clothing Closet, not only by fulfilling the clothing needs of their clients, but by providing opportunities for those in shelter to assist in the success of the program’s mission.   

United Way is asking the community for their assistance as well. Community groups are needed to help with sorting and the organization of donations. Please contact United Way for your volunteer group to lend a hand. Also, a Spring Clothing Drive is now taking place! Donations of clean, gently used clothing, shoes or bedding are being accepted now until Tuesday, April 30 at:

• United Way’s Nonprofit Center — 610 W 23rd Street;

• Walmart — 3001 Broadway Avenue;

• and Discovery Church — 205 W 3rd Street, during business hours only.

Household goods, toys, or used undergarments WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED nor will clothing donations be accepted at the new Clothing Closet location.

Once again, United Way of Greater Yankton would like to thank all our community partners, especially the South Dakota Human Services Center staff and volunteers, for their incredible community outreach providing this service for so many years and look forward to our continued partnerships maintaining The Clothing Closet mission.

For more information about The Clothing Closet, how to donate or how to volunteer, please contact United Way of Greater Yankton at info@yanktonunitedway.org or (605)665-6766.

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