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Clothing Store


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a voucher-based thrift store

What is Dorothy's Closet?

Dorothy's Closet is a voucher-based thrift store open to the public that also provides social services and workforce development to our guests with the greatest needs. It will open for its pilot program in Spring 2023, developed in partnership with  Rebuilding Together East Bay-North. 

Our clothing program is one of the most sought-after services we offer. Dorothy's Closet enables DDH to have a greater capacity to accept in-kind donations, establish new connections with partner organizations, develop and stabilize new income streams, and assist in transitioning program participants into employment through our workforce development initiatives.

Clothing & Beyond

Shopping with Dignity

In addition to the need for clean clothing, Dorothy Day House’s goal is to bring dignity to our unhoused and marginalized neighbors in the form of choice. Many people in need are expected to “get what they get” meaning whatever is available or handed to them. Dorothy’s Closet will provide the shopping experience for those who cannot afford to shop or who may not be welcome in traditional clothing retail spaces.

What is DC?
Thrift Shop Worker

The Shopping Experience


"Dorothy Dollars"

Dorothy Day House will supply its Berkeley social service partners with 

“Dorothy Dollars” to give to their patrons. Dorothy Dollars are clothing vouchers redeemable at Dorothy’s Closet.


Dorothy Database

Individuals can browse and

select items themselves off the racks. Those presenting Dorothy Dollars enter our database which will allow them to shop for the duration of Dorothy’s Closet.


Staff Engagement

While shopping at Dorothy’s Closet, our trained staff may engage with individuals to offer Dorothy Day House support services in shelter and

physical and mental health support, and provide information for accessing housing services.



For those individuals coming out of shelters and wanting to enter the workplace, choices are limited. Warehouse and “out of sight” jobs lend to a lack of self-confidence and a feeling of helplessness.

The ultimate goal of the Dorothy's Closet Workforce Development program is to recruit individuals from our shelters to work alongside Dorothy's Closet's trained staff. Dorothy Day House will work closely with these individuals by focusing firstly on hygiene,

socialization, and self-esteem. When an individual feels ready, the Dorothy’s Closet team will begin training them in customer service and merchandising.

Program Components

12-week, real– world course in


support for 5 individuals currently

living in shelters

job search support

Whole Person Care: overall physical &

emotional health, personal hygiene and self care

time management

sound financial budgeting skills

Clothes Hanging on a Rack

At a Glance

  • Thrifted clothing free with a voucher or for purchase

  • Workforce Development program for retail sector employment

  • Referral to other DDH services and partner agencies

How to get help
  • Vouchers provided by DDH’s partner social services agencies for once-weekly, unlimited free items

Our Retail Customers

Dorothy's Closet's doors are open to those customers who can afford clothes and other merchandise. Every dollar spent at Dorothy’s Closet will go directly to those communities that need it the most by funding Dorothy Day House services.

Shopping Bags

Shopping that feels


Fashion Rail

Hours, Location & Contact


Call or check store for most current hours


2425 A Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704



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