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Clothes to Kids of Denver, Inc.

Students ages 3-21 in the 11-county Denver Metro Area count on CTKD for their school clothing. We currently provide more than 10,000 wardrobes annually (21+ pieces each) and have provided more than 80,000 wardrobes since opening in September 2008. Thank you for your generous support!

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Clothes To Kids of Denver - Boutique & Curbside Service

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

Boutique Shopping: Central to the CTKD mission is our boutique, a 3,000-sq.-ft. space where students ages 3-21 are invited to browse our wide selection of clothing for a 21+ piece school wardrobe that includes five outfits, one pair of shoes, one coat, one bra, five pairs each of new socks and underwear and extras (accessories, school supplies, etc.).

Curbside Service: Providing a shopping experience in a store-like setting has always one of the most important parts of our mission, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a "Clothes To Kids Curbside" concept that minimizes person-to-person contact. Parents, caregivers and/or school/referring agency staff have the opportunity to request a wardrobe, which will be hand-selected and packaged for curbside pick-up. By asking very specific questions about students' needs, tastes, sizes, color and style preferences, we hope that the request form will allow students to be just as selective as they would be if they were shopping in person. We have seen a huge spike in demand for our services, and will continue to provide this Curbside option to families, even though we have re-opened our boutique for regular shopping appointments.

Students are eligible for a wardrobe every 4 months. The majority of CTKD's inventory comes from individuals, clothing drives, retail stores and clothing manufacturers. To be eligible for clothing from CTKD, students must live in Metro Denver, be enrolled in grades preschool-12, or pursuing a GED (21 years old and younger) and be considered in need of assistance because:
 their family is in crisis or experiencing economic hardship (due to COVID-19, job loss, disaster, poverty, homelessness or displacement),
 they are refugees and asylum seekers,
 they are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) at school,
 they are in kinship or foster care, and/or
 they are receiving services from a school, human service agency, shelter, hospital, clinic or place of worship.

To ease the burden on both families and our referring agencies (i.e., schools, human service agencies, shelters, counseling centers, hospitals/clinics, etc.), we suspended our requirement to provide a referral or proof of automatic qualification in early 2021.

CTKD has built a strong reputation among hundreds of schools, human service agencies and faith-based communities across the Denver Metro Area that have come to rely on CTKD to meet the clothing needs of students from low-income families. CTKD works with more than 250 community partners to spread the word to students in need. Just over half (51%) of the students that CTKD serves hear about us at school, 41% from human service agencies, 6% from shelters and hospitals, and 2% from faith-based communities.

Please visit https://clothestokidsdenver.org/referral-process/ for more information about how to shop with us.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, CTKD distributed 7,071 wardrobes and 17,975 pounds of "extras," with 94% of shoppers selecting a complete wardrobe (all 21 non-optional pieces). CTKD has experienced explosive growth over the years, increasing wardrobe distribution by between three and 43% each year since the organization was founded in 2008.

In addition to reaching as many students as possible, Clothes To Kids strives to make a positive impact on each student it serves, providing him or her with a high level of service and the opportunity to select clothing in a dignified, store-like environment.

Qualitative data is collected and used to evaluate our operation and the quality of the shopping experience we provide. Since January 2021, CTKD has been administering an ongoing survey designed to collect data about customer satisfaction and the impact that school-appropriate clothing has on school performance and attendance. Results so far have been very favorable, with 96% of respondents saying that CTKD was "Better Than" or "The Best" when compared to other clothing resources. Also notable, 93% of respondents "Agreed" or "Strongly Agreed" that their child found clothes that he/she likes wearing at CTKD, and 92% "Strongly Agreed" that volunteers and staff provided them with good customer service during their visit. Full survey results are available upon request.

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