The Bridge Care Center's clothing bank serves upwards of 50 people a week, providing them with clothing, shoes, sleeping bags and rain capes at no cost. With the chilly nights lingering, they are in need of men's jeans and blankets.
Ballard Clothing Bank in need of men's jeans and blankets
The Bridge Care Center, on 1516 NW 51st St., was successfully able to clothe people through the wet and cold winter months, but as the chilly nights linger, they're running out of jeans and blankets.
"The numbers that The Bridge are serving have increased steadily, so we're gratified at our success, but it's also just so upsetting to see so many people in need," said Rita Weinstein, co-founder of the clothing bank.
Weinstein said the clothing bank is having a hard time keeping jeans stocked and are especially in need of men's jeans sizes 30-34.
"With cool night-time temperatures lingering, we also need blankets, sweaters, jackets, and hoodies. And we always need clean or new socks and underwear," added Weinstein.
Open since June, 2011, The Bridge Care Center's clothing bank serves upwards of 50 people a week, providing them with clothing, shoes, sleeping bags and rain capes at no cost.
The clothing bank was started when the Ballard Food Bank moved into their new location and no longer had space for clothing. Weinstein along with fellow volunteers Rebecca Butler, Sheila, and Susanne, started the new clothing bank to help meet the ongoing demand for clothing for the homeless.
"Many of our clients are the new homeless, who have spent many years as productive members of the community. I am there because I feel that no one should be left to survive on their own in times of such severe economic displacement," Weinstein said in a previous interview.
A project of Quest Church, The Bridge Care Center is an outreach center for men and women who are experiencing homelessness, displacement and financial hardship and offers computer and internet access, counseling services, and case management. The care center provides clients with three clothing voucher a month to be redeemed in the clothing bank.
The Bridge Care Center is open two days a week: On Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information, please visit http://www.bridgecarecenter.org.