Humanity will feature a fitting room and clothing off the racks that will range from street wear and cold-weather outfits to more formal interview attire. No payment is required, though Impact Locally, the nonprofit behind the effort, says that any donations will go back into its programs and services (which also include things like providing sack lunches, haircuts and laundry services to the homeless throughout the Denver metro area).
Information for those who would like to donate clothing and other items like sleeping bags and backpacks can be found on the nonprofit’s website. Impact Locally will be accepting donations at the Welton Street storefront as soon as it opens next week.
According to Impact Locally, the idea for Humanity came out of a realization that operating a brick-and-mortar storefront would be more efficient than the clothing drives and distribution efforts that it had previously conducted on the streets of Five Points. The store will also serve as a headquarters to connect people experiencing homelessness with other services; Humanity is also partnering with Five Point businesses to offer haircuts and neighborhood beautification.
Founded in 2010 and headed by Travis Smith (who has personally battled with homelessness), Impact Locally also focuses on domestic-violence guidance counseling, youth mentorship and homelessness prevention.
The nonprofit is holding a move-in event at the store on March 17 that you can volunteer for.