A $3,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of PA will support the efforts of Family Promise of Lycoming County's Community Clothing Closet.

Yearly blanket and coat giveaway on October 5

Williamsport – Family Promise of Lycoming County (FPLC)’s Community Clothing Closet is getting a boost from a $3,000 grant they recieved from the Pearls with a Passion Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. 

Family Promise is a non-profit organization located in Williamsport, Pa. that strives to break the cycle of homelessness by providing families with the tools, resources, and support needed to obtain financial freedom and success. 

The Community Clothing Closet is one of those vital resources. It provides professional and work wear for adults seeking a job, children’s coats, bedding, and school supplies for families in need. The men, women, and children’s closet operates through community donations and does not charge for any item.

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According to Jenny Hull, executive director of Family Promise of Lycoming County, the grant will focus on providing supplemental items for their free clothing closets, such as work boots, scrubs, coats, non-slip shoes, and items like socks and underwear. The closet serves approximately 4,500 people each year. 

Regular hours for the Family Promise Community Clothing Closet are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and the first and fourth Wednesdays of the month 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Yearly blanket and coat giveaway

The season begins with their free blanket and coat giveaway, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in the parking lot of Family Promise, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport.  

Family Promise will also be working together with River Valley Health and Dental to provide blood pressure checks, dental screenings for children, and new toothbrushes. They’ll also offer school supplies and backpacks while they last, free hot dogs and hamburgers, a free clothing table, and food baskets for 100 families, and prayer table with bibles. 

If you would like to make a donation of hats, gloves, coats or blankets, stop by our day center Monday through Friday to drop off the items. After 4 p.m., please call (570) 567-7103 to make arrangements.

Working with a partnership network of congregations and community organizations, Family Promise provides case management, financial planning, clothing closets, housing, food banks, and other homeless prevention services.