Residents who have fallen on hard times have a strong arm to fall back on — the clothes closet at Cascade United Methodist Church.
The clothes closet, one of the church’s ministries, is a part of a broader outreach program based out of the church.
Allene McCollum, a member of Cascade United Methodist, runs the ministry, which is open to the public every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those who come to the clothes closet do not have to provide proof of need and do not have to be members of the church.
Recipients are allowed to gather as much clothing as they can fit inside a large trash bag and can visit the closet once every 30 days.
A volunteer since 2006, Annie Gavin sees great value in the ministry.
“There are so many people in need,” she said. “We serve a lot of people coming through that are homeless and are in shelters. This is a way for them to get clothing without having to worry about dry cleaning and washing.”
Families who have experienced recent tragedies, such as home fires, also readily visit the closet, said Gavin.
In addition to clothing items, the church also has household items and furniture.
Gavin said the number of people serviced each week fluctuates, but could be as low as eight and as high as 54.
The closet depends on volunteers to keep it running smoothly.
“I think that we have some of the best volunteers at Cascade in the clothes closet,” said Gavin. “They are dedicated and not all of them are members of the church. Some of the people who used the closet now volunteer [with us]. It is their way of giving back.”
For those interested in donating clothing items, the church accepts donations on Wednesday and Thursday.
Cascade United Methodist Church is at 3144 Cascade Road, SW, in Atlanta.
Information: (404) 691-5770 or visit www.cascadeumc.org.