Father Gene’s Help Center provides free clothing to people in need. We welcome donations of new or clean, gently used clothing for men, women, and children, of all shapes and sizes and redistribute the donated items. Our mission is to provide dignity through free clothing to people in need within the Milwaukee community. We envision a transformed community where all people have access to clean, dignified clothing in which they feel confident.
We believe in the radical power of clothing to transform people’s lives. When we wear something that we feel good in, we are more sure of ourselves, we stand a little straighter, and our head is held higher. When we wear clothing in which we feel confident, we are better able to act upon our inherent strengths. Our poise helps others to see us in a different way, and it changes the way we see ourselves. We firmly believe that our clients possess many strengths and assets and trust that, with clean, dignified clothing, they will have the ability to better share their gifts with the world. We are convinced that every person deserves the right to clean clothing, and we strive to provide that right to those in need.
Orders are placed over the phone detailing individual and family needs. We fill orders to the best of our ability, based on the donations of clothing that we have in stock at the time.
We strive to be good stewards of the donations we receive. Every donation we receive – whether it is a financial contribution or an in-kind donation – is used well. When we receive in-kind donations that we are unable to distribute, we share those items with other agencies that are better equipped to distribute them to the people that they serve.
Volunteers are at the heart of Father Gene’s Help Center, fulfilling the daily operations of the center by taking orders over the phone, filling orders, sorting and organizing donations, and restocking clothing racks.