Boston’s child poverty rate is growing.
We help children stay focused on their education by giving them free, unlimited access to clothing and toiletries, right within their school.
Feeling good, they find the confidence to persevere and fight for a brighter future.
31.1% of economically disadvantaged local Boston youth are chronically absent. Being chronically absent, it becomes harder and harder to catch up on missed lessons, resulting in higher drop out rates. These children are chronically absent as a result of their economic situation. Lack of basic necessities, clothing and toiletries is the primary reason for not attending school. Catie’s Closet removes this worry giving kids access, discreetly and with dignity.
A new distribution center, ready to help 55,000 Boston students.
In February we opened a distribution center in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to serving the city’s 55,000 children in need.
Stocked with gently used clothing students in Pre-K thru 12 are proud to wear, toiletries, shoes, outerwear and more: Catie’s Closet supports students living below the poverty line within their school. The goal:
Providing a dignified resource for accessing the most basic necessities.
Give them confidence to focus on their education instead of worrying about how they are going to get through a day.
With this new expansion, Catie’s Closet is equipped to Boston’s economically disadvantaged youth. In order to meet our goals, we need the help of local volunteers, businesses and organizations. Your clothing and toiletry donations along with monetary donations keep our non-profit going. Spread the word about Catie’s Closet and join us in empowering Boston’s youth.
A place where children have free, unlimited access to clothing and toiletries, right within their school.
Here’s a snapshot of a Catie’s Closet in a local school. We create an experience that makes children feel supported, loved and important. Our closets feel like a store, stocked with age-appropriate on-trend clothing kids are proud to wear.
Get involved with Catie’s Closet Boston!
Visit us! Volunteer with us!
Drop off your clothing!
We’re located at 63 Sprague Street, Boston MA, 02136
We are open Monday - Friday 9pm to 5pm for clothing and toiletry donations
Catie’s Closet Boston Schools
Today, we serve 22 closets in Boston and GROWING!
Boston Adult Technical Academy: 20 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116
Boston Community Leadership Academy: 655 Metropolitan Avenue, Boston, MA 02136
Brighton High School: 25 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Dearborn STEM Academy: 60 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121
Dever Elementary School: 325 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester, MA 02125
Ellis Elementary School: 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
Excel High School: 95 G Street, South Boston Education Complex, South Boston, MA 02127
Haynes Early Education Center: 263 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
James P. Timilty Middle School: 205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Jeremiah Burke High School: 60 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121
John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science: 55 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120
John W. McCormack Middle School: 315 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester, MA 02125
Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School: 270 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02121
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School: 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02120
Martin Luther King Jr. School: 77 Lawrence Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121
Mather Elementary School: 1 Parish St, Dorchester, MA 02122
McKinley Preparatory High School: 97 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA 02215
McKinley South End Academy: 90 Warren Avenue, Boston, MA 02119
O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science: 55 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02120
Roger Clap Elementary School: 35 Harvest Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
TechBoston Academy: 9 Peacevale Road, Boston, MA 02124
William Monroe Trotter Innovation School: 135 Humboldt Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121
James W. Hennigan School, 200 Health St., Jamaica plain, MA 02130
East Boston High School, 86 White St., East Boston, MA 02128
William E. Russell School, 750 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125
Meet the Boston Team:
Kodia Baye-Cigna - Program Director, Boston
Kodia grew up in Boston and began her educational career as a student in the METCO program. Thankful for the educational opportunities she was afforded, she decided her calling was to give back.
Kodia is a Boston native who recently returned from an Overseas Adventure, living and working in Australia, bookended by backpacking trips through New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Catie’s Closet team, she worked in operations and administration for a Northshore Investment Advisory firm, in client services at a boutique financial advising firm that serviced Ultra High Net Worth Clientele, and in marketing at an internationally renowned student travel agency.
Kodia graduated in 2014 from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, and the Markets and Management Studies Certificate. At Duke, she served as a captain for the NCAA Division I Varsity Fencing Team, studied abroad in Italy and traveled to teach English and sports in China and Vietnam.
Libby Magalhaes - Merchandise Manager, Boston
A western Massachusetts native, Libby graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Emmanuel College in Boston. Post grad, she traveled to Australia where she lived and worked for a year in Melbourne on the Working Holiday Visa. She has an extensive retail and customer service background with a multinational lifestyle retail corporation and prior to Catie's Closet, she excelled in sales at the nation's largest accredited travel organization with a focus on student travel groups. Libby has always dreamed of finding a way to utilize her retail experience while simultaneously giving back to the community, and Catie's Closet has given her the perfect opportunity to intertwine her passions with her skill set. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, thrift shopping, coffee culture, and cooking delicious, healthy meals.
Carly Zdanek - Assistant Merchandise Coordinator
Carly Zdanek is a recent graduate from Lasell College with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Retail Merchandising. Between her education from Lasell and experience in the fashion industry, she brings creativity to the Merchandise Team. During her tenure at Lasell, she served as student director for Lasell’s annual fashion show and managed multiple additional shows through a directed study program. Additionally, she interned at a small boutique in Florence during a semester abroad in Italy and was captain for Lasell’s NCAA division III soccer team. Along with community involvement, her interests include fashion photography, running and snowboarding.