Clothes Closet - FAQ's

What is the ministry all about?

Volunteers can help in one or all of the following areas:

Who benefits?

All of us benefit. Those receiving have a need fulfilled and receive a blessing from friendly men handing out the clothing. The volunteers benefit because it is heartwarming to have your efforts appreciated by those who receive the clothes and now you realize it is a ministry and not a job. God provides and we serve! The fellowship with these volunteers is FUN.

How did it begin?

In 1999 a member of Austin Area Interreligious Ministries approached Ralph Eckwall, Austin District UMM President at the time. Ralph was asked if the UMM would consider operating a clothes closet for homeless men. On October of 1999 the closet was in operation. The men from Crestview United Methodist Church (UMC) were the action support team to get it started. Tarrytown UMC financed the purchase of portable clothing racks on wheels and containers for the move into A.R.C.H.  Clothing donations and monetary donations have been received from Tarrytown, Crestview, Wesley, Memorial, Bethany, St. John’s, and Faith UMCs. The Capital District UMM have been the major suppliers.

What would I get out of it if I volunteered?

There is great fellowship. There is a sincere sense of appreciation of those receiving clothing. There are repeat customers and you learn something about their challenges and thank God for your situation and condition. It will lead you into a closer walk with God in your daily life.

How often would I need to serve?

This request for volunteers is intended to change the serving need to every other week or even more. Currently we have ten volunteers. It requires a minimum of six to operate the closet. With more we can be much more flexible. You chose the Mondays you want to work.

What job would I do and what would it be like?

Jobs range from inspecting the clothes to use only those in good enough condition to hand out, sizing the clothes and hanging them on clothes hangers, stocking the distribution clothing racks, and serving the customers. The job for you is your choice and you will want to change around some. All of the jobs are important to overall operation of the clothes closet.

Can I come and check it out before I commit?

Yes. We want you to know what is going on and feel comfortable before you commit. There is plenty for everyone to do. We think you will find the atmosphere and working conditions excellent. The hours are from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Mondays.

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