Alliance clothing closet provides clothes, groceries to needy
A dressing room. A sitting area. Racks of clothes organized by size. When Eva Slagle and her husband, Mike, opened Clothed In Righteousness, she planned for it to have many of the same elements as a boutique.
“I grew up as a poor child. My parents received assistance, my clothes were always hand-me-downs and my shoes typically had duct tape on them because my parents couldn’t afford new shoes,” Slagle said. “So I wanted it to be someplace where you didn’t feel embarrassed (to be).” Clothed In Righteousness is an Alliance-based clothing closet and food pantry that provides free goods to people in need from Alliance, Sebring, Salem and other surroundings communities.
Slagle, of Salem, works as a training and downtown partnership coordinator for the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center. Slagle and her husband created Clothed In Righteousness about eight years ago, she said. “It didn’t have a name (at first). We were part of a grassroots effort when Anchor House originally started serving the homeless over in Canton,” Slagle said.