Built on Yale-New Haven partnerships, the Clothing Closet collects and distributes articles to those in need.

Community connections

Following the closure of the downtown Salvation Army, the homeless in New Haven faced a dire shortage of free (or even affordable) clothing. In response, YHHAP partnered with the Clothing Closet of St. Paul and St. James Episcopal Church to collect and distribute clothing to those in need. YHHAP now accepts clothing donations from every residential hall (with the help of Yale Sustainability Service Corps) and from a specially designed bin installed on Yale's historic Old Campus. 

After renovation by Yale's Chapter of Design for America, the Clothing Closet currently serves 100-150 community members weekly.

YHHAP's Clothing Closet also partners with Dwight Hall and Co-op for the semi-annual "Swap, Don't Shop," Clothing Swap.

Provisioning clothes for the needy provides a new outlook on the generosity that has been built right into the human spirit.
— Toni Harp, New Haven's mayor on the Clothing Closet

Operational Details

To donate clothes, simply drop off the items at the YHHAP collection pin, located on Yale's Old Campus and adjacent to Dwight Hall. Or, if this poses a physical burden, please contact us and we would gladly pick up your donation. We accept all items and sizes (including children sizes and footwear), but please no undergarments or items in need of extensive repairs or cleaning.

Placing clothes in a trash bag or other plastic bag is appreciated, but not required.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Clothing Closet, please contact the Project Head listed below. Volunteers collect and sort donated items and can also help distribute clothes through St. Paul and St. James Episcopal Church. Volunteers and donations are appreciated.

As embodied by this partnership, New Haven and Yale are on common ground— part of each other.
— Michael Morand, Yale New Haven Affairs

Project Head-- Cove Geary at cove.geary@yale.edu (Bio.)

The Yale Clothing Closet was dedicated in loving memory of Christopher Staniel Simmons (Yale College class of 2001). The dedication ceremony can be viewed here.