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HOPES hosting a “Street Store” for those in need of clothing


hopes1-300x183-2825053-6865958Northern Nevada HOPES is hosting a Street Store clothing drive on Monday, October 6, at its campus on Fifth and Ralston streets.

The Street Store is a “free pop-up clothing store” event hosted by organizations across the globe to help give clothes to the homeless and low-income populations.

Street Stores are akin to open-air markets. Organizers download poster templates and hang clothing on cardboard posters, allowing patrons to choose outfits and take them home for free.

HOPES is accepting clothing donations for the Street Store at its administrative building located at 467 Ralston Street, in Reno, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Friday, October 3. HOPES would also like to encourage people to donate jackets and warm clothing to distribute to homeless clients during the upcoming winter season.

HOPES will offer men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes as well as jackets and winter apparel.

The Street Store will be open for one day on October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to coincide with one of the Northern Nevada Food Bank’s food distribution days.

There are 3,000 homeless people in the immediate vicinity, according to a 2012 needs assessment HOPES conducted. Many already access HOPES’ medical services.

The project was founded in January 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Since the program’s inception, 15 street stores have been held in places including San Diego, Brussels and Brazil. As of Sep. 5, more than 900 applications have been submitted for organizations to hold their own Street Stores. Pictures and background information can be found on the nonprofit’s website thestreetstore.org.

Northern Nevada HOPES is a nonprofit community health center located in downtown Reno, Nevada. It provides integrated medical care and wellness services to individuals with and without health insurance. Founded in 1997, HOPES began as a comprehensive HIV care center and in 2012 grew into a primary medical care center. The clinic provides services on a sliding fee scale which includes primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health counseling, case management, nutrition counseling, an on-site pharmacy, transportation, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and Change Point – Nevada’s first legal Syringe Services Program.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.