The RAK PAK clothing pantry provides women of limited income and their children with free clothing in a friendly, safe and confidential environment. The RAK PAK offers them the opportunity to select from a wide variety of fashionable clothing, helping build their self-respect and self-esteem.
The RAK PAK was founded in 2011 by a core group of dedicated philanthropic community volunteers who recognized this unmet need. One random act of kindness can lead to another, which can multiply into significant change.
In December 2018, the RAK PAK came under the auspices of Goodman JFS in order to expand its reach to those in need in the community.
Our goal is to meet this basic need for at-risk families, so that they can focus on handling the other stressors in their lives, such as securing a steady source of income or finding a permanent housing solution. Next to food and shelter, these families need clean, properly fitting attire for school, work and their everyday lives.
Each client is given a shopping appointment, where they can pick from new and gently used clothing obtained through donations.
A well-dressed child will feel more confident and may even improve their grades when they are no longer worried about their appearance.
A woman who is properly clothed for a job interview feels empowered and more confident, giving her a better chance of being hired.
The RAK PAK solicits donations of new and gently used clothing for women and children, as well as financial donations to cover purchasing essentials such as backpacks, school supplies, underwear, pajamas and socks.