There are 15,000-20,000 children/youth in foster care in Arizona every year. We support the families that support these vulnerable young people. Foster children may arrive at a new home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This can be traumatic to the children, and presents a challenge to foster families, who need to quickly acquire the items these children and youth need.
We provide items needed to make a foster child feel welcome in their new home: clothes, shoes, toys & games, books, baby equipment, strollers, and more.
We provide support to the entire family, not limited to the child in foster care. We feel that our best way to support the children who need our help is by supporting the needs of the whole family.
Children in "displaced" homes may be in the foster care system, placed with relatives (kinship care), or adopted (frequently by their foster families). Jose's Closet is available to all the foster & adoptive families who care for these special children.
Jose's Closet offers members the items they need for the children in their home. From clothing and shoes to toys and games, kids use a lot of stuff! Members are invited to shop (at no cost) for head-to-toe clothing for each child in their home several times per year. We have several seasonal giveaways, such as Back-to-School and Holiday events. We offer infant formula and diapers at a subsidized cost, and operate a modest food pantry at no charge.
Our program requires financial support to help cover our operational costs, including rent, utilities, insurance, shelving & clothing racks, informational material, fundraising efforts, and other overhead costs.
Our resource center is staffed by an all-volunteer workforce. Our wonderful volunteers sort through donated items, place them out for our families to browse, and assist with keeping our facility neat and tidy.
Families who wish to join will complete a membership application. This helps us gather the information we need to stay qualified as an Arizona Qualified Foster Care Organization. We ask member families to contribute a small membership fee, as well as a five volunteer hours per year.
Our Resource Center provides foster, kinship, and adoptive families with clothing, gear, and lots more to help ease the financial burden of raising these special children.
We provide gently used, donated items to families. Families are able to come to Jose's Closet to select needed items for each child in their home. Raising kids is expensive, and we try to support those who are raising children not originally their own.
Jose was a cherished foster child whose dying wish was to not be forgotten. Our founder started Jose's Closet in memory of this special child who was gone too soon.
Knowing how challenging it can be to accept a new child into her home, she started Jose's Closet to help other foster families find the items they needed for the children who arrive in their homes with little to no belongings.
What began in a spare closet has expanded to fill over 10,000 sq feet of retail space - and we continue growing!
Jose was born on July 22, 1997 and became an angel on November 4, 2007.
We operate our Resource Center to provide needed items to our member families. Gently used clothing, shoes, baby gear, sports equipment, books, toys, games, and more are available to every child in the home.
We accept donations of gently used goods, new gift items and school supplies, gift cards, and monetary donations to help keep our resource center stocked and operational.
Donate clothing and other items today!
We have just moved from our Apache Junction location to our new home at the Power Square Mall, 2055 South Power Rd in Mesa. We're not fully open for business yet, but welcome volunteers to help us prepare for reopening. Watch our Facebook for updates and announcements!