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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 70,000 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 twice in a 12-month period. 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 be ages 3-21, live in the Denver Metro Area, be enrolled in grades preschool-12 or actively pursuing a General Equivalency Degree (GED).

There are three ways that a student automatically qualifies to shop at Clothes To Kids:
1) Any student who qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) is eligible to shop at Clothes To Kids using a copy of their FRL Letter.
2) Any student attending one of the nearly 300 schools on our Universal Qualification List is eligible to shop at Clothes To Kids using any form of proof of enrollment at the school (i.e. a student ID, copy of student record, report card, FRL Letter or a letter on school letterhead).
3) Any student in foster/kinship care is eligible to shop at Clothes To Kids using documentation proving that they are in foster or kinship care (i.e. a foster care pay/remittance stub, intake packet letter/flyer or a letter from a case worker on agency letterhead). Please note that we serve students in certified, non-certified and informal placements.

Students can also be referred by:
1) A representative (employee or volunteer) from a school, human service agency, shelter, counseling center, hospital or clinic.
2) A teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker or volunteer from a school.
3) A leader, administrator or volunteer from a family's place of worship.

Please visit https://clothestokidsdenver.org/referral-process/ for details, FAQ's and a copy of the referral form.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019 alone, CTKD distributed 10,356 wardrobes and 30,733 pounds of extra items, 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. In 2016, CTKD administered a survey designed to collect data about customer satisfaction and the impact that school-appropriate clothing has on school performance and attendance. Results of the customer satisfaction survey described above were generally favorable, with 87 percent of clients reporting that CTKD was "Better Than" or "The Best" when compared to other clothing resources.

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