NU Clothes Closet

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I am sending this email to inform everyone of a service you have on campus called the “NU Clothes Closet”. This is a boutique like space, created in one of the portables, where students can come shop for FREE for clothing, shoes, backpacks, and toiletries. I have it open to the students every Thursday morning. I started the “Clothes Closet” 4 years ago when it was brought to my attention that there were NU students in great need of clothing. Self esteem is fragile in high school age students and clothing plays a part in how they feel about themselves. The “Clothes Closet” helps by providing clothing and footwear appropriate for high school students to those who can not afford it or who are in difficult home situations where self esteem is constantly broken down. Not only do the customers get one on one styling, but we also provide emotional support and a good listening ear. Many of the cases have brought tears to my eyes, but also tears of joy when I see the smiles and expressions of great gratitude from the students visiting the “Clothes Closet”. This has by far been the most rewarding project I have ever worked on! We have made the effort to keep the “Clothes Closet” fairly quiet for confidentiality issues. The “Clothes Closet” is largely funded by scrip dollars provided by NU Connection. I also accept gently used and new clothing donations that are appropriate for high school aged students. If you have a student you think would benefit from the “Clothes Closet” you can contact the nurses’ office for a referral.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “NU Clothes Closet”

  1. When I taught at NUHS, I referred a number of students to this Clothes Closet. Items available were beautifully displayed, which sent a message of respect and support for the students in need. Warm coats, parkas, socks, backpacks, jeans, shirts—-you name it, students received it. So glad to know that kind community members and NUHS continue to let students know their well being is important and valued. Please support this WONDERFUL program.

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