Probation and Pretrial Office Helps with Clothes Closet

In August of 2008, the United States Probation Office in the Western District, under the guidance of its Workforce Development and Resource Team, developed the Helpful Hanger, a clothing closet.  Now, the Helpful Hanger could use your gently worn clothing -  particularly menswear. 

The purpose of the Helpful Hanger is to aid recently released offenders with clothing suitable for employment-related activities, such as interviewing.  In addition to clothing, the Helpful Hanger offers shoes, accessories, and coats to offenders in need. 

The response to the clothing closet has been overwhelmingly positive. Since its inception, approximately 65 referrals have been made to the Helpful Hanger.  Officers work with courthouse personnel as well as community agencies to collect the items needed for the clothing closet, but demand always exceeds supply. 

Currently, the clothing closet is nearly depleted of menswear.  The offender population in the Western District of Missouri is approximately 80 percent male so the need for clothing suitable for the male population is greatest.  The Probation Office relies exclusively on the graciousness of its donors. 

If you are interested in donating gently used clothes to the Helpful Hanger, please contact Katie Meister at, or 816-512-1309. 

Donations can also be made directly to the Probation & Pretrial Services Office, located on the fourth floor of the Whittaker Courthouse.




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