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Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. Recently, a 30-year old single father of two struggled to find work, to pay for daycare for his children and to secure a home; so much time was spent homeless and hopeless.

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Stoughton Clothing Center

1525 Van Buren St
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 608212663
Contact Name: Elizabeth Menzer
Organization Profile
Grants Info
Transforming lives one piece of clothing at a time - 2023 Amount Funded: $3,500.00
We estimate that racking would be purchased and installed within 60 days of grant receipt. We hold an annual Winter Wear event for cold weather clothing in November, and a spring refresh in March. The SCC impacts our community by giving persons and families access the clothing they need to secure employment, succeed in school, maintain a healthy and hygienic life, and be socially accepted.
To meet those goals, we will use SCF funds to maintain and enhance our website, social media platforms and create outreach materials to generate awareness of the SCC for shoppers, volunteers and donors; procure “peer appropriate” clothing for school agers to supplement donated items; purchase metal ranking to replace wooden racks and poles that are bowing under the weight of clothing; quickly purchase essential clothing items for individuals/families in emergency or crisis situations; purchase winter wear to supplement donated items. During a typical week, 10+ families visit the clothing center. Better outreach would help us attract more volunteers and donors, as well as more shoppers. We would seek to serve an average of 18-20 families per week by expanding our hours from 15 hours per week to 25 hours a week. Currently, volunteers log 25 hours per week in the Clothing Center, and another 6-8 washing and repairing items that are serviceable. SCCs hours of operation, customers served, and volunteer ranks have doubled in the past two years, as the SCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. Some donated clothing is outdated, and we tend to receive twice as much adult clothing as children’s clothing The SCF grant would allow us to purchase quality used and some new items for school aged children. We would also like to translate outreach materials and signage to Spanish, Albanian, and Ukrainian so all shoppers feel empowered and welcome.