Ritter Center has been providing the less fortunate in our community with free supplemental and emergency clothing since its inception in 1980. Ritter Center is located a half block from a Goodwill thrift store and, in 2008, the two agencies formed a partnership to provide Ritter Center clients with free clothing from Goodwill stores.
The two agencies periodically conduct joint clothing drives in the community. The value of a portion of the items collected are converted into clothing vouchers for Ritter Center clients to shop at the neighboring Goodwill store. In this manner, Ritter Center clients can still receive free clothing while the two agencies are able to operate more efficiently and serve clients more effectively. Ritter Center will still keep a stock of emergency survival gear onsite for the homeless, including rain gear, sleeping bags, and warm socks.