Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence Through Clothing
Growing up is tough. Growing up without the resources you need, including proper clothing, is even tougher. With our Clothing Closet, families with children ages 4–14 years old can shop in a boutique-like setting, once a month to pick out both new and like-new clothing items free of cost. This clothing service is guided by our mission to recognize the inherent dignity of all humans. Clients are invited to select items that meet their personal needs and style preferences. Great importance is placed on ensuring that only high-quality clothing makes its way onto our racks. We strive to delight our clients by keeping a clean and organized store, and providing friendly and helpful service.
First-time visitors to the Clothing Closet will go through a brief check-in process. After approval, Clients will be able to shop for a specific number of clothing items per child along with bonus items, such as, underwear and socks (as available). All conversations and services provided at WACS are confidential and private.
Please follow the guidelines below to ensure we can meet your needs:
- Clients must live in Dallas County or Waukee School district
- Bring identification for each member of the household
- Bring proof of residency (utility bill or rental lease agreement)
History of Clothing Closet
What began in the fall of 2015 as the vision of Ingrid Williams and Kristin Rinderknecht to meet the needs identified by staff members of the Waukee Community School District, had become an organized effort to provide dignity and confidence to children and families through the distribution of free clothing to those in need throughout all of Dallas County.
By 2016, Dallas County Clothing Closet had opened a storefront at 43 NE Carefree Lane in Waukee. Over the course of 5 years, the store served hundreds of families.
In April of 2022, the Dallas County Clothing Closet retail location was closed and operations were moved to Waukee Area Christian Services. The now named, Clothing Closet, is the result of two nonprofits, serving many of the same clients, combining resources to create a single location where people can get help with both food and clothing.
The baton has been passed to WACS and we are excited and grateful to be able to carry on the mission of The Dallas County Closet. A client visiting WACS can now access food, clothing, hygiene products, basic health care, housing stability assistance, school essentials, outside services navigation and referrals, and a listening ear.
Questions and Answers
Clothing Closet Hours
Monday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
1155 S.E. Boone Drive
Waukee, IA 50263
WE STRIVE TO
provide dignity and confidence to children, students, and families through the free distribution of clothing to those in need throughout Dallas County.