Catie’s Closet converts a room in a school into a “free store” creating an experience that gives students the agency to choose and the confidence to thrive. Stocked with age-appropriate, on-trend clothing gives students an advantage they have not had before: Fitting in and feeling valued so they can focus on their education.
Although many people easily understand the impact of food insecurity or homelessness, little is publicized about the impact of clothing insecurity or lack of basic needs which has an emotional, mental, and physical effect on children. Clothing is a visible sign of hardship and an emerging indicator of child poverty. The lack of appropriate clothing or access to soap, toothpaste, deodorant and feminine products regularly leave disadvantaged children feeling ashamed about their appearance and family situations.
Catie’s Closet addresses this need to “create social change” by disrupting the cycle of poverty so that children and teens have access to the clothing and essentials they need to mitigate chronic absenteeism and thrive.