The Closet on 54th is a clothing ministry that provides up to ten items of clothing, a pair of shoes, and two non-shoe accessories per month free to the community in need. The ministry was originally founded as God’s Closet in April 2015 at College Lutheran Church by SVLC member Leslie Atkins as a tribute to her mother who had passed away the previous year leaving a multitude of clothing.
In August 2016 we relocated to Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on 54th to partner with The Cupboard, a food ministry already in operation at Calvary three times a week.
The Closet is open 11am-2pm every other Tuesday starting Novemeber 9th, and is run by volunteers from Shepherd of the Valley, and members of the community. We generally sort donations on Wednesday.
We average 1200-1500 items of clothing and accessories given to 140-160 people each month. We are partnered with the San Diego Food Bank and operate on a barcode system. Our clients are issued an ID card with a bar code and a case number, then we scan their card and the number of items they receive. They can return the same month if they did not reach the monthly limit the first time.
We are always looking for donations of gently-used clean clothing and accessories (shoes, belts, purses, hats, etc.) and more people interested in volunteering to help. We take men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, but we especially need men’s clothing and shoes.
Donations can be dropped off during The Closet’s or Cupboard’s operating hours or when the Calvary church office is open 8am-noon every day. There is also a collection box in the narthex at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.
We reopened The Closet on September 14 and got off to a slow start with only 3 customers. We will be open to the public every other Tuesday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, if we have enough volunteers. This will start on November 9th. Volunteers would need to be on site between 10:15 and 10:30AM to help set up. There will also be an opportunity to help on Wednesdays (after an open Tuesday) to sort donations and restock as needed. Please contact Leslie Atkins 619-916-8780 if you are interested in volunteering or for more info. However, we are unable to accept any more donations for now until we deplete some of what we have in storage.
Dates for 2021 are: Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 7, and 21.