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Sharia’s Closet: The place San Diegans in need of clothing can go. No questions requested.

Shamine Linton and her workforce have been offering gently-used clothing to people and households since 2006.

SAN DIEGO — Sharia’s Closet has been serving San Diegans in need of clothing for years. No questions requested. The group is run by volunteers and the standard garments are stored in a place that many say looks like house.

Whether you’re homeless, in an emergency state of affairs or simply getting again in your toes, Sharia’s Closet has turn out to be the place individuals go for clear garments and most significantly, to really feel like themselves once more.

“My name is Sharia Linton and I am the co-founder of Sharia’s Closet,” Sharia mentioned in a YouTube video on the group’s website.  

Sharia’s Closet was an thought born from her mom Shamine, who confronted her personal challenges whereas rising up in Jamaica. She needed to show her daughter compassion and to create an area the place anybody of any age, battling clothing insecurity, can get clear garments, as if it had been their very own closet.

“That’s the feeling I want people to feel if they’re in need. I can come to this place and it feels like a home. I’m welcome and there’s clothing here for me without having to give my whole life story, what happened to me, why I’m here,” Linton mentioned. 

Linton and her workforce have been offering gently-used clothing to people and households since 2006. Because of the pandemic final year, she mentioned they fulfilled a report 3,785 requests for clothing, and supported over 60 organizations together with social providers and home violence shelters. She mentioned it’s essential that clothing donations be in good, clear situation.

“If it brings you joy, you’re passing that joy on to someone else. Not stains, rips because we have to get rid of that,” Linton mentioned. 

Linton mentioned it’s greatest to request clothing or make a donation on-line in case you can. Volunteers may even assist customise outfits individuals request primarily based on the present stock. Supporters of Sharia’s Closet say having a alternative in clothing, makes all of the distinction.

“Clothing has a tremendous impact on a person’s sense of self and sense of self-worth. Just to see my clients’ reactions, how grateful they are, the kids, it’s like Christmas. It’s like Christmas. So, they’re amazing,” mentioned Denise Carranza, a Perinatal Case Manager with Vista Hill.  

Last year, Sharia’s Closet was given an Inclusive Leadership in Action award by Rise San Diego. Rise San Diego might be accepting nominations for different organizations like Sharia’s Closet till Aug. 2. 

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