Welcome to the Clothing Tent outreach guide. Before you begin reading about this outreach, we’d like to make sure you know what you need to about San Francisco’s inner city by visiting the Backstory Page.
What is it?
The Clothing Tent is a place where our guests at the Block Party can come a shop for three items of clothing at no cost.
Living on about $10 a day means that it is a constant choice of whether to feed, clothe, or enjoy your life momentarily. For many in the Tenderloin, the reality of using clothing until it becomes unwearable and being bound by the lack of choice in purchasing quality attire has robbed many of their dignity and self-worth. The phrase “you look like a million-bucks” can usually find its antithesis here.
If you become a part of the Clothing Tent outreach, you will report to the 200 block of Jones where one of our City Impact leaders will brief you on what you need to know for the day. The primary task in the beginning is to ensure that the area is properly set-up. Once the area is ready, guests will be allowed to come in. You will most likely be serving as a personal-shopper, security presence, product organizer, or greeter among other things. At the end, you will assist in breaking the area down and returning all the materials to the designated space.
Beyond the clothing, the opportunity to restore someone’s dignity is something we don’t take for granted. We believe that your kindness and courtesy will win the trust and friendship of the people that you serve and that the supplication of clothing will be a mere bonus. Through God's love, you can change the course of someone’s day here, maybe even their life.