We all know the difference a new outfit can make for a job interview or the first day of college, carrying a young person forward with greater self-esteem and confidence. That is the idea behind Fresh Outfitters, a store just for youth aging out of foster care.
Children in the foster care system have been removed from dangerous, unsafe living situations by the court, and some have been in foster care all their lives. Los Angeles Country has nearly 30,000 kids in foster care, and 3,000 of them are 18-21 years old. When they age out of foster care they are truly on their own. Even for those who are working or in school, making ends meet is tough, and shopping for new clothing is a dream most can’t realize.
Here’s where Fresh Outfitters comes in! All of the items in the store are new and generously donated by manufacturers, retailers and individuals, creating a wonderful array of choices for the youth.
A young person, newly freed from the system, can “shop” in the store at no charge. They are able to “buy” clothes, shoes and accessories to help prepare them for job interviews, graduation and their entry into the adult world.
Fresh Outfitters has been closed due to the COVID pandemic, so in order to meet the profound need, we pivoted our efforts to create safe, socially distanced pop-up shopping experiences for transition aged foster youth. Our next pop-up is scheduled for Sunday, December 12. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering!
More than 2,000 youth have shopped at the store, “buying” brand new clothes, shoes and accessories. Visit Fresh Outfitters here