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Neighborhoods 101: Where can I find free clothing for homeless children and families?

The following organizations provide clothing for children and or adults and families in the Des Moines area. Our resource database is updated as contacts and program information are collected. If you are aware of additional service providers or necessary corrections for the following information in the Des Moines area, please submit current information using the comment form at the end of this post. Thanks for your help.

Amazing Grace Ministries and Outreach

  • Contact: (515) 277 - 9062 or email stuartdjuarez@mchsi.com.
    (For emergencies after normal hours call (515) 577 - 8214
  • Location: 1409 23rd St., Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Hour(s): Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Eligibility: Open to the public. Anyone in need; serves primarily inner city residents.
  • Services: Provides a clothing closet following church services.

Bidwell Riverside

  • Contact: (515) 244 - 6251 or email: jcrandall@bidwellriverside.org.
  • Location: 1203 Hartford Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Hour(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM. Thursdays, 10:00 AM - Noon (Clothing only)
  • Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries.  Service may be used once per 60 day interval, for any one recipient.
  • Services: One voucher redeemable for 10 free items of clothing.

Catholic Worker House

  • Contact: (515) 243 - 0765.
  • Location: 1310 7th St., Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Hour(s): Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays,  3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries.
  • Services: Provides resources for those assisting persons in need of food, clothing, bedding, a shower, a cup of coffee and conversation. Also engages in activities fostering social justice.

Clothes Hanger

  • Contact: (515) 266 - 4336
  • Location: 1250 Sloan's Way, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
  • Hour(s): Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
  • Eligibility: Residents of the Southeast Polk Community.
  • Services: Provides free clothing for children and adults. (This program accepts drop-offs the 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.)

First Federated Church

  • Contact: (515) 255 - 2122
  • Location: 4801 Franklin Ave., Des moines, IA 50310
  • Hour(s): Wednesdays, 12:30 P< - 2:00 PM
  • Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries.
  • Services: Provides all types of clothing, free of charge.

Friendship Baptist Center

  • Contact: (515) 244 - 3182
  • Location: 1526 Martin Luther King Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Hour(s): Tudesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon.
  • Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries.
  • Services: Provides free clothing for children, families, men and women.

Highland Park Christian Church

  • Contact: (515) 244 - 3182
  • Location: 4260 NW 6th Dr., Des Moines, 50313
  • Hour(s): Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (please call to confirm as hours may vary)
  • Eligibility: Individuals in the 50313 ZIP code area.
  • Services: Provides all types of clothing, free of charge.

 Ron Sallade Children's School Clothing Program

  • Contact: Michell Heard at (515) 242 - 7890, or email michelle.heard@dmps.k12.ia.us
  • URL: www.dmps.k12.ia.ua/programs/6nhclothingprogram.htm
  • Location: Des Moines Public Schools, 1801 16th St., Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Eligibility: Serves the monst economically disadvantaged students from pre-k through hich school in Polk County. Students are referred by SUCCESS case manaers, school social workers, and counselors.
  • Services: Provides one $ 50.00 clothing voucher per school year, redeemable at Gordmans.

St. Mary's Family Center

  • Contact: Suzie at (515) 262 - 7290
  • Location: 1815 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries.
  • Services: Provides a clothing closet allowing for two bags of clothing per person per day, free of charge. Spanish language service is available. Identification is required.

St. Vincent De Paul

  • Contact: (515) 262 - 7290
  • Location: 1426 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Hour(s): Monday - Friday, sign up at 8:30 AM for an appointment.
  • Eligbility: Serves individuals that resided in the 50314 ZIP code area. (No walk-ins accepted). Picture ID, Social Security card and prooof of income are required for all family members.
  • Services: Provides clothing free of charge.

The Ankeny Clothing Exchange (TAKE)

  • Contact: (515) 244 - 8913
  • Location: 406 SW School St. Ste 310, Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 9:30 Am - 11:30 AM and 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
  • Eligibility: Serves individuals in the 50021 ZIP code area. Identification is required.
  • Services: Provides a clothing closet and personal items.

The Clothes Closet - Capitol Hill Lutheran Church

  • Contact: (515) 244 - 8913
  • Location: 511 Des Moines St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Hour(s): Wednesdays, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CLOSED IN JULY).
  • Eligibility: Serves individuals in the 50309 area. Identification is required.
  • Services: Provides all types of clothing, blankets and towels, free of charge.

West Des Moines Human Services

  • Contact: (515) 222 - 3660
  • Location: 318 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Hour(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Eligibility: Serves families in the West Des Moines area and other Western suburbs.
  • Services: Provides a clothing closet and personal items.

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