Local Resource for Foster Families
Gets a New Look and a New Name
With the help of contributions from local businesses, a Nampa resource for foster families known as The Clothing Exchange has re-opened with a refurbished facility and a new name — and here at Coleman Homes, we are so glad we could be part of the effort!
The Clothing Exchange — now called The Wardrobe — serves as a storehouse and distribution center for clothing, toys and supplies donated to support Idaho foster children. It is operated by One Church One Child, an organization that joins with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and other invested partners to improve outcomes for children in Idaho. It has occupied two different locations since its inception in 2014 and relocated to Nampa in 2015, but the facility was short on storage and display capacity for serving the hundreds of foster children that visit each year.
The recent renovation effort has given the facility an improved layout, along with fresh lighting, flooring, and paint. A new storage area and sorting table will help volunteers manage donated inventory, and a shelving and clothing rack system will make it possible to display more items than ever before. A brand-new toy area and remodeled dressing room round out the restoration effort.
“We wanted the kids to be able to come in and feel like they’re shopping, not like they’re getting somebody’s leftovers,” said foster parent Diane Harper, who manages the facility with the help of her husband Kevin Harper. “This remodel really helps create an atmosphere that leaves kids feeling encouraged,” she said.
The renovation was funded by a donation from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, along with contributions of time and resources from local vendors, including Ashley Glass, Extreme Electric, Idaho Studio, Infinity Signs Northwest, InteriorWorx, JJ’s Floor Covering, Midwest Floors, ProBuild, River City Glass, and Sherwin-Williams. Coleman Homes, A Toll Brothers Company facilitated the remodel as part of “Coleman Cares,” a company effort designed to support the local community through charitable giving and service projects.
“We started out just donating funds to help buy Christmas gifts for foster kids,” said Ryan Hammons, Division Senior Vice President of Coleman Homes, A Toll Brothers Company. “As we got to know the team from One Church One Child, their enthusiasm was infectious and made us want to do something more. This renovation project was the next step.”
The Wardrobe celebrated its renovation and new name with a ribbon cutting event on Friday, May 5.
Coleman Homes, A Toll Brothers Company first lent support to One Church One Child in 2013 with the introduction of their Giving Tree event. Since then, they’ve been grateful for the opportunity to contribute time and resources to this valuable cause. To learn more about One Church One Child or to make a contribution, please call 2-1-1- Idaho CareLine or visit One Church One Child on Facebook.