During the our time in Indianapolis, I cleaned out my closet. Gone are all the suits, sports coats, dress shirts, and pants which were out sized. Besides, I am retired and have no use for the above, and especially no use for 60 plus ties. I have worn one only once in the last year. Liz followed suit and eliminated two items from her wardrobe. (She had donated most of her work clothes before we left Raleigh.)
Finding a home for 50% of my ties was easy. Brendan had first right of refusal ...an he took approximately 30 of them.
Finding a home for Liz's clothes was easy. A short walk away was Dress for Success, a non-profit which specializes in providing suitable women's attire for job interviews. While there we asked if there was a similar organization for men. They suggested Danny's Closet.
I made an appointment to deliver my five bags of clothing to St Vincent Danny's Closet of Hope. Danny's Closet of Hope is associated with St. Vincent in Indianapolis. I met Rick Williams at their offices: 9101 Wesleyan Road, Suite 101, Indianapolis, IN. He kindly accepted my contribution and offered to show us their facilities. We learned their clientele are: returning solders from recent wars, veterans of all ages, ex-offenders, and unemployed men in need of good quality interview cloths. The men have passed through various job training agencies before being referred to Danny's Closet of Hope.
We entered a dressing area, which opened up into a large showroom of neatly arranged, and displayed suits, dress shirts, dress shoes, socks, and ties. It was set up just like an upscale men's store. I can just image how Danny's Closet of Hope clientele must feel upon entering this room.
|The Entry Area|
|Rich Williams in the showroom.|
As a member of Ascension Health and St. Vincent Health, we are called to:
Service of the Poor
Generosity of spirit for persons most in need.
Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.
Inspiring trust through personal leadership.
Integrating excellence and stewardship.
Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry.
So from what I saw, I can recommend you add St. Vincent Danny's Closet of Hope to your list of charities. They are in need of good men's interview clothing, and financial donations (for purchase of hard to find sizes, and alteration services). Tax-deductable donations can be sent to the following address:
St. Vincent Danny's Closet of Hope
9101 Wesleyan Rd. Suite 101
Indianapolis, IN 46268
If you do not live in central Indiana, then please find a similar organization in your community, city, or country. They will need your help, and their clientele will appreciated your assistance.