It's a simple concept that most of us take for granted, but for a foster kid, being able to choose and wear your own clothes builds self-esteem. The Hanger fulfills this need for local teenagers who are living in foster care due to being victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
The Hanger is located in the back of the CASA office at 418 South Weber Street, and is open from 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Saturdays, and from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on the first and third Monday of each month. During store hours, foster teens can shop for donated clothing and accessories, free of charge.
In addition to shopping, the teens have the opportunity to help operate the store which provides them with valuable work experience. Many foster teens have no job experience, making it difficult to find employment when they turn 18 and age out of the system. While working in the store, teens go through the complete hiring and training process, and are mentored and coached by adult volunteers.
How to Donate to the Hanger
We are committed to giving local teens in foster care the best possible shopping experience. We have worked hard to create a boutique-like setting that looks and feels new and clean. In order to achieve this, we accept donations that meet the following guidelines:
- Adult-sized clothing in current teen styles and brands
- Clothing can be new or gently used and washed
- In-season (we are unable to store clothes that are out of season)
- Personal hygiene items must be new and full-sized shampoos, conditioners, body wash, cologne or perfume, nail polish, hairbrushes/combs, hats.
- Underwear and socks must be new. Bras can be new or very gently used. Teens really love colors and cute styles!
We do NOT accept furniture, household items, decorations, out-of-season clothes, clothes that are not adult sizes and styles, and clothes that are not in good shape (i.e. holes, rips, stains, have an odor). We are currently are not accepting school supplies or luggage.
Donations may be dropped off at the CASA office, 418 S. Weber St., Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm or Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.
Please contact Jill C. at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Hanger is a project of CASA’s Milton Foster Children’s Fund committee.