Get clothing for a client

Service area

Please read carefully before you call, email, or submit the contact form.

Service and shelter providers:

  • Do you work for a public or nonprofit organization located in Somerville and Cambridge?
  • Are you able to act as a liaison between Second Chances and your client?
  • Is your client living, sheltered, or homeless and receiving services in Somerville or Cambridge?

If the answer to all three questions is YES, we may be able to help. Please email or submit the contact form – we are often out of the office, and this is the best way to contact us.


Individuals:

  • Are you seeking clothing for yourself or your family?
  • Are you living, sheltered, or homeless and receiving services in Somerville or Cambridge?
  • Are you working with a public or nonprofit organization located in Somerville and Cambridge?

If the answer to all three questions is YES, we may be able to help. Please have your shelter or service provider email or submit the contact form – we do not have the capacity to work directly with clients.

Cambridge and Somerville providers

Second Chances provides clothing to homeless and low-income people in Cambridge and Somerville by working with local homelessness and social service agencies where they receive shelter and services. If you are a shelter or service provider located in Cambridge or Somerville, we would love to find a way to work with you to provide free clothing to your Cambridge and Somerville clients.

Second Chances' clothing donation program is unique in the way we work almost invisibly through existing service providers, so that the people who need clothing don't have to go one place for job training and another for benefits counseling and still another for clothing. We make their already difficult lives a little easier by delivering the clothing they need where and when they need it. This allows us to operate more efficiently as well - we can effectively reach hundreds of people who need clothing through existing homelessness and social service providers. We are specialized and flexible enough to be able to create individualized delivery options that meet your agency's needs and make efficient use of our limited staffing.


Get clothing for your clients


Gift cards

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We currently have $40 gift cards from The Garment District, a large, local clothing store in Kendall Square, Cambridge that specializes in affordable clothing, shoes, and accessories. At The Garment District, $40 can buy at least one outfit and likely more, if someone is creative. The store is accessible by public transportation.

If your agency is located in Cambridge or Somerville and your client lives or is sheltered in Cambridge or Somerville and needs clothing, shoes, or accessories for a job interview, court date, everyday use, or other situation, please use the forms below to request a gift card, and we can either send it or drop it off for you to give your client. Second Chances will distribute cards based on date of request, need, impact, and equity among our provider partners and communities.

Please contact us first if we do not already have a relationship with your agency.

Shelters and provider agencies where Second Chances already has established relationships can download our updated Gift Card Request Forms below.

Download and print a Gift Card Request Form (pdf) »
Download and print a Gift Card Request Form (Word) »


Clothing

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If your agency is located in Cambridge or Somerville, we are able to provide you with clothing for clients who are living or sheltered in Cambridge or Somerville as our resources allow. If you are interested in receiving specific items of clothing for your clients through Second Chances, we can work together to develop a system that will work for our organization and yours to best serve your clients' needs.

Please contact us first if we do not already have a relationship with your agency.

Shelters and provider agencies where Second Chances already has established relationships can download our updated Clothing Donation Request Forms below.

Download and print a Clothing Donation Request Form (pdf) »
Download and print a Clothing Donation Request Form (Word) »


Special individualized clothing programs

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We are seeking proposals from Cambridge and Somerville agencies for unique and efficient ways to provide clothing for your clients who are living or sheltered in Cambridge or Somerville. For example, at one local shelter with fairly predictable clothing needs, we regularly deliver jeans, sweatshirts, and winter coats for their clients and take away other clothing donations that they are not able to use. At another program with less predictable, more emergency-like needs, we provide specific clothing for individual clients and families as the need arises.

Let's talk about what would work best for your organization and clients, and what will work for us. Please contact us about your needs and ideas.

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