Clothes Make the Man


Trehab client gets a hand with clothing from Friends Of The Poor’s

“Clothes Line for Men “

Founded by Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM in 1984, Friends of the Poor brings together those who have the desire to give with those in need of assistance.

Friends of the Poor operates as a very unique organization, as they are a non-profit, charitable organization run entirely by volunteers.  There are no paid employees, so they completely rely on volunteers and donors.  


A new program operated by the Friends of the Poor is called “Clothes Line for Men”, and offers clothing and footwear to men in need.  (Click here to access a flier from that organization.) 


Michael, who is a Trehab Work Ready Participant, is seen in the center of photo above, between Trehab’s Phil Smiley (Tunkhannock Site Supervisor) and Merriel Oliver (Wyoming County GED Classroom Instructor).


While attending the Employment and Training program in Tunkhannock, Michael recently attained his GED and is now ready to enter the workforce. 


Michael went to his appointment with “Clothes Line for Men”, where he met Bonnie Haluska, Program Coordinator, and left feeling like a new man.  He was provided with a business suit, several pairs of pants, jeans, shirts, socks, dress shoes and steel toed boots.  Michael is on his way now looking and feeling more confident and prepared for his job search.


Friends of the Poor's  “Clothes Line for Men” program is now accepting new or clean and ready-to-wear men's clothing and accessories. Donations are accepted every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the program's headquarters on the second floor of the former Marian Catholic School, 638 Hemlock St.

Needed items include:

- Suits

- Blazers

- Dress, golf and sport shirts

- Dress and casual pants

- Jeans and overalls

- Sweaters

- Sweatshirts and hoodies

- Jackets

- Shoes and work boots

- Sneakers

- Belts

- Ties

- New underwear

- New socks

- New toiletries

- For organizations and agencies interested in referring someone for the program: Referral forms are available at Friends of the Poor's website.


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