Boston – Six Boston-area nonprofits have received a combined gift of over $1.1 million dollars in brand new clothing through a partnership with Dignity U Wear a national non-profit.
St. Anthony Shrine; Ministry Center, St. Francis House, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Women’s Lunch Place, Bakhita House and Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester each received brand new clothing in 2014 to support their missions to serve those in need throughout the Boston area.
Dignity U Wear is a national nonprofit headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. It is the mission of Dignity U Wear to procure brand new clothing from over 200 apparel industry partners to include; manufacturers, retailers and distributors, and deliver it at the right time to the people for whom it will make the most difference.
“Nearly 80,000 units of clothing have been sent to the Boston area,” said Barbara Truncellito, executive Director for Dignity U Wear,” items including underwear, socks, school uniforms, sweaters, khaki pants, polo shirts, jeans, dresses and accessories. “So many people in our country are in need of such basic items as socks and underwear and we are here to help.” added Truncellito.
Dignity U Wear focuses on three initiatives to reach those in need: school clothing for children, veterans in transition and women and girls in crisis.
“We are truly grateful for their support”, commented Ed Kelley, CEO, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, “Dignity U Wear aligns with our mission to ensure that all children can live as we would want our own children to live. Their approach and commitment to the most at-risk is exactly what our community needs – we are stronger together.”
RFK Children’s Action Corps serves children throughout Massachusetts. Through this partnership we are able to provide clothing to children in over a dozen communities including Western Mass and the Cape.
In collaboration with St. Anthony Shrine, St. Francis House is the largest distributor of clothing to the poor and homeless in the Greater Boston area, “we are grateful for the relationship with Dignity U Wear, together we are making a positive impact on men and women in need,” said Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House.
“These new clothes will give many people the power to create change for themselves in order to find a brighter future,” said Fr. Tom Conway, OFM, Executive Director at St. Anthony Shrine and board member at St. Francis House.
Founded in 2000 by philanthropist and Holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth, Dignity U Wear is a nonprofit that receives in-kind and financial donations from corporate sponsors to provide brand new clothes to over 200 social service agencies across the country at no cost to the recipient. “I know what it means to be stripped of personal dignity,” Landwirth commented, “ I know what it is like not have clothes of one’s own and to give up all hope.” Through Dignity U Wear and partnerships with these Boston agencies, Dignity U Wear is helping those in need throughout the Boston community.
The mission of Dignity U Wear is to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need throughout the United States by providing them with brand new clothing. Dignity U Wear partners with the apparel industry to provide the supply of clothing and then works through a network of social service agencies to deliver the clothing based on specified needs. Founded by philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth in 2000, the organization has provided more than 9.3 million pieces, valued at $180 million, to more than 830,000 people.
St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center, the “Church on Arch Street,” has been a center for Roman Catholic ministry in Boston, MA for over 65 years. It is directed by Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province and has over 30 outreach and spiritual ministries.