We’re In This Fight

by Jill Aschkenasy Our country has been in crisis for a while, and I know these thoughts are long overdue, so please excuse the delay, but I wanted to get this right and speak completely from the heart. Here, at Our Closet, we always strive to do better. We aim to be inclusive and fair,...
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Adapting to a New Way of Being

by Melanie London Today is my 14-year wedding anniversary and my two-month quarantine anniversary. Obviously the 14 years have had the hugest impact, but the two-month anniversary? That one’s pretty life-changing as well. For me and for all of us. And for Our Closet, too. What we’re most known for around the city is our...
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Choosing the Right Location

by Jill Aschkenasy Location often makes all the difference for our shoppers. If a person can walk five blocks to our pop-up shop, receive free clothing and still have a whole day to work towards other goals, they are much more likely to avail themselves of our services. If the pop-up shop is too far, requires...
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Uncertainty

  by Melanie London Some of us do not do well with uncertainty. And with all that’s happening in the world, all that has happened so quickly, uncertainty is all we have right now. About the future. About the present. We have had to shut down all our pop-up shops. We’ve had to cancel all...
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Proximity Matters

by Jill Aschkenasy Proximity matters. What do I mean by that? I mean that in order to know someone you have to be physically close to them. You need to share space and spend time together to really connect. I didn’t realize how true this was until I saw it manifest in Our Closet. Every...
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The Our Closet Volunteer Experience

by Melanie London There are so many facets to the mission of Our Closet, but one that sometimes gets lost in the big picture of providing clothing with dignity and pride is that Our Closet is almost totally (besides just two full-time staff members and three part-timers) a volunteer-driven organization. There is no way we...
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Origin Story

by Jill Aschkenasy I have always been a fan of new beginnings, and I am definitely feeling that way as we usher in Fall. That’s not to say I always welcome moving on, but it is more that I look forward to improving and creating the “2.0” version of the status quo. Finding that sweet...
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UPDATE: Shoppers and Volunteers - Due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), in accordance with guidelines and regulations set forth by the city and state, we unfortunately must cancel pop-up shops for the foreseeable future. This means that unfortunately there will be no pop-ups scheduled for the months of June, July and August.

If you or a client of yours is in urgent need of clothing, we have recently launched an emergency clothing program for which you or the client may qualify. Please contact us at JFCS' Care Navigation line, 866-532-7669, or info@ourclosetpa.org if you are seeking emergency services.

Please stay tuned to this website and our social media channels (@ourclosetpa) for further updates. We'll continue to monitor the situation as we decide when we are able to re-open pop-up shops. This decision is being made for the health and wellness of our community. Thank you.