Catie’s Closet has evolved from a family-sponsored project into a social enterprise. The project began as a tribute to Catie Bisson, a graduate of Lowell High School who was passionate about the power of education. Catie was a sophomore at Bridgewater State College when she passed away at the age of 20 due to a connective tissue disorder. Her dream was to be a writer and editor. Catie felt strongly that education should not be a privilege and so her family sought to honor her memory by helping kids succeed in school. They opened the first Catie’s Closet in a single school.
There are now 58 schools equipped with a Catie's Closet serving more than 40,000 students.