On Thursday afternoons, Auxiliary members volunteer to assist children in need at Metrocare's Kids' Kloset. Originally the plan was to provide basic clothing, especially public school uniforms, to young clients whose families could not afford them. But the project has grown to provide much more -- confidence, self-esteem, and an environment not found anywhere else.
Jude (name changed for privacy) has Autism. He desperately needed new shoes, but the sensory-overloaded environment of the discount store was too much for him (or his mother) to bear. After several frustrating shopping attempts, Jude's case manager at Metrocare suggested they visit the Kids' Kloset.
In the quiet and calm space of the Metrocare Kids' Kloset, Jude was able to finally try on a pair of shoes. A
volunteer patiently assisted, allowing Jude the time needed to absorb his environment. There was no rush, no push from a sales person, and no distractions. Not only did a child in need receive help, but in a way that only Metrocare could provide.
Thank you for helping us meet the needs of the children we serve.