No one should be hungry, unclothed, or unloved within our reach.
The Giving Closet serves individuals and families from a variety of different backgrounds empowering them to claim a fresh start. The Giving Closet’s intent is to see that every person in crisis is given resources to meet their basic needs. Building upon its heritage of ministry and outreach, The Giving Closet desires to touch the lives of the hurting, homeless, and hungry.
The Giving Closet offers a 9,000 square foot free community store. Shoppers can choose from many of the basic life essentials such as clothing, toiletries, emergency food and critical household items. The Closet also provides books and toys, along with a friendly face to ease the burden during these difficult economic times.
The Closet started in the 500 square foot attic space of Vancouver Church in 2000. After two years it expanded to a small house on the church property, doubling in size. Moving into a warehouse space and expanding every few years, it is now residing in 9,000 square feet. The Giving Closet established itself as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2011. With the help of volunteers and a giving community, The Giving Closet has touched the lives of more than 18,328 people since opening.