Clothing Outreach Program
Clothing is a basic need. Providing it speaks to the dignity God has bestowed upon every man, woman and child.
- Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Donated clothing, dishes, linens and small appliances given away to eligible individuals and families
- Work experience
- Clothing for men, women and children, including underwear and outerwear
- Small appliances
Your generous donations help us clothe our neighbors in need with God’s love and care. Our Clothing Outreach Program, located at 200 Gifford Street, features donated clothing and household goods that are given away to Rescue Mission residents as well as eligible individuals and families from the community.
Information: Chris Hoffmeister Phone: 315-701-3862
E-mail: Chris Hoffmeister
The Rescue Mission opened a formal clothing distribution program on Franklin Street in Syracuse in 1981.
The program was moved to the lower level of 155 Gifford Street after the Donald A. Dixon Homeless Intervention Services Center opened in 1988.
In 1993, the program was renamed Clothes & Stuff, a title coined by Chris Hoffmeister, a Rescue Mission employee and former client who was appointed manager. Chris is acquainted with the needs of the homeless and poor since he was a homeless drug addict and alcoholic when he came to the Rescue Mission in 1986. He found help, hope and a new life in Jesus, and joined the Rescue Mission staff in 1987.
In April 2003, the Rescue Mission opened a revamped Clothing Outreach Program inside a new Thrifty Shopper outlet store accessible from the parking lot at 155 Gifford Street. In April 2009, the store and clothing program held a grand opening at 200 Gifford Street, moving there because the space is brighter and at street level.