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-1:30pm every other Wednesday starting, and is run by volunteers from Shepherd of the Valley, and members of the community. We generally sort donations on Wednesdays when the Closet is closed.
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.
The Closet will be open on January 10, 2024. We will be sorting donations and restocking on January 17. As always, we are still looking for volunteers to help when we're open or on the days we sort and restock. If you are looking, or you know someone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity for a few hours a month, please consider donating your time to the Closet. We are located at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3060 54th St, San Diego. While we still have a surplus of clothing in storage, we are running short of men's clothing, women's dresses and shoes, so we are beginning to accept donations again, particularly those items. Please contact Leslie Atkins at email@example.com or at 619-916-8780 if you would like to help or for more info.
We will be open on January 10, 24, February 14, March 27, April 10 and 24.
We'll sort donations and restorck on January 17, 31, February 21, April 3, and 17.
Thanks and Blessings,