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Old 08-09-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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these are all city-run agencies?

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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So every single charity/thrift store/church (not including the others that doesn't fall in the three caregories mentioned) on this list won't help you if you don't have a referral?
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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Like I said before, NYC is different. I know in other cities you can get free clothes, but it's very difficult to do in NYC.

Think I'm lying? Try to find a place here if you can. It's very difficult.
I'm in NJ, but NYC does do the free coat thing every year. I've donated.

When I worked at the WTC, a group of us visited a drop-in center downtown to offer help if they needed it. They provided meals and assistance with social services to the homeless, and they had showers and a room full of clothing they gave to clients. I don't recall the name--it was somewhere near Delmonico's. I'm thinking Beaver Street. It was back in the 90s, though, and I don't recall the name of the organization that ran it.

I would not and did not say you were lying. Don't know where that's coming from.

However, I do find it hard to believe that no churches/synagogues/mosques in NYC collect and give away free clothes.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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these are all city-run agencies?

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No. They're private, but you can't just walk in off the street looking for clothes from them. They only accept REFERRALS from places that deal with the poor, but most of those places are contracted or deal with NYC Human Resources Administration in some way.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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I'm in NJ, but NYC does do the free coat thing every year. I've donated.

When I worked at the WTC, a group of us visited a drop-in center downtown to offer help if they needed it. They provided meals and assistance with social services to the homeless, and they had showers and a room full of clothing they gave to clients. I don't recall the name--it was somewhere near Delmonico's. I'm thinking Beaver Street. It was back in the 90s, though, and I don't recall the name of the organization that ran it.
I believe you, but this was before NYC's version of WELFARE REFORM took over. Everything has changed.

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I would not and did not say you were lying. Don't know where that's coming from.

However, I do find it hard to believe that no churches/synagogues/mosques in NYC collect and give away free clothes.
If they are doing it, then you have to KNOW SOMEONE THAT KNOWS SOMEONE, because dialing NYC's 311 number will only lead you to city agencies which ALWAYS lead back to Human Resources who are good for NOTHING.

Other cities have a "211" number with a list of charities, churches and organizations that help people and are independent of their city's Human Resources or Welfare Office.

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Old 08-09-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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So every single charity/thrift store/church (not including the others that doesn't fall in the three caregories mentioned) on this list won't help you if you don't have a referral?
Charities in New York and Charitable Foundations
Thanks for posting this. I wouldn't know for sure, unless I called.

I know people RIGHT NOW that need clothing and other help, but are relying on the help of family who are already struggling and a list of food pantries/churches to get food, because foodstamps doesn't cover for the entire month.

I really shouldn't have posted in this thread, because talking about people's clothing and not looking or acting "presentable" has always been a sore topic for me. I realize in many instances that I (including the the people passing judgment in this thread) are truly blessed in that I had mentors or people to teach me survival/success skills.

It's not the same for everyone. Also, this Depression has plunged many regular working/middle class people in the throws of poverty as well. They will all tell you that dealing with NYC's HRA for cash benefits (which is already low) is a nightmare. The "myth" of poor people living on "easy street" hasn't been true in close to 20 years, if it ever was.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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The "myth" of poor people living on "easy street" hasn't been true in close to 20 years, if it ever was.
well i can agree with that.

i know that nyc's welfare reform stuff has been awful, like the "workfare" thing which leaves people with no time to look or train for actual jobs. but that's getting really off-topic.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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well i can agree with that.

i know that nyc's welfare reform stuff has been awful, like the "workfare" thing which leaves people with no time to look or train for actual jobs. but that's getting really off-topic.
Exactly. If people only knew what it's REALLY like, but as the economy continues to worsen (there has been no improvement despite what the government and news outlets are saying) many of them will experience the same things.
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