Catie’s Closet transforms unused areas inside schools into safe, welcoming spaces where students in grades preK-12 can discreetly shop, free of charge, for clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. By arming students with the power of choice, Catie’s Closet fuels their confidence, encourages them to stay in school, and unlocks opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.
The Foundation’s $25,000 grant will support the building of a closet at the Francis Leahy School in Lawrence. The Leahy is a middle school with approximately 400+ kids and 95% are low-income.
Our partnership with the ALKU Foundation has allowed us to open new doors of opportunity to hundreds of students in need. ALKU's commitment to trust-based philanthropy and relationship building directly aligns with our mission. We work to provide children in crisis with free access to basic necessities right inside their school which in turn promotes healthy, trusting relationships in their lives. There is a great demand for our services as students' needs continue to increase. Armed with ALKU's support, we are able to expand our reach and help more children who turn to Catie's Closet for assistance.