My Sister’s Closet is arranged just like a small clothing boutique, with clothes sized and on racks, and with accessories displayed on shelves and in display cases.
The concept for My Sister’s Closet began when the YWCA started a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Many of the clients who came to the shelter fled with just the clothes on their backs, so the YW began a small clothes “closet,” in our building, designed to serve only the residents in our shelter. As we realized how very generously this community responded to the needs of these clients, we named the program My Sister’s Closet and expanded the scope of service to include women in some 12 shelters in our area.
We also changed the focus of My Sister’s Closet from meeting just basic clothing needs, to providing appropriate clothing for clients to wear to job interviews and to wear to work. Clients are referred to us by the counselors in each shelter and are given “gift certificates” to enable them to shop, free of charge, for the clothes and accessories that they need.
My Sister’s Closet is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
My Sister’s Closet
2324 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35205
My Sister’s closet is supervised by YW staff but depends on volunteers to help sort and label donations and to work in the shop when it is open for customers. Volunteers must be 16 or older. This activity is well suited for individuals or for groups of volunteers. Schedules are flexible. Complete the online application today to get more information about volunteering at My Sister's Closet.
The YWCA accepts tax-deductible donations. All donations can be dropped off at the YWCA 309 23rd Street North Birmingham, AL 35203. If after hours, please ring the bell for assistance!
Please do NOT drop off items at the store!
Each spring, My Sister’s Closet offers prom dresses to junior high and high school girls from economically disadvantaged families in the Birmingham area. Students from different area schools are referred by their school counselors to the YW’s Prom Dress Giveaway hosted each year in Jefferson and St. Clair County.