The Hangers mission is to serve any EVSC student in need with clothing and basic hygiene products.
During his/her appointment at Hangers, each student receives: 6-8 shirts; 3-4 pairs of pants; 1-2 pairs of shorts; 5 new pairs of socks; 5 new pairs of underwear; 2 bras (fitted or sports); 1 coat, jacket, or hooded sweatshirt; 1 pair of gloves; 1 hat; 1 pair of athletic shoes; 1 package of hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, deodorant). Students from uniform dress code schools receive 2 sets of uniform shirts/pants and 3 sets of casual shirts/pants. Hangers serves EVSC students in need or facing crises (poverty, neglect, foster care, natural disasters, death in family, etc.) and students of working families who do not have the resources or time to take their children shopping. Hangers is a safety net for any EVSC student who receives recommendation from a school nurse, principal, counselor, or social worker. It is unique to most clothing resources as it solely serves a school corporation. With educators and staff, struggling students are easily identified.
We are always seeking additional funding to be able to serve the ~2,200 students that Hangers sees annually (10% of the entire school corporation population). Specifically, we will earmark State Farm funding for coats, shoes, and uniform clothing. For $100, Hangers is able to provide a new coat, new shoes, and uniform clothing for 1 student. Since 2013, Hangers has nearly doubled its annual amount of students served averaging an increase of 191 students per year. With the $25,000 support from State Farm, clothing for 250 students would be completely paid for, which is 20% of the school year's average number of students seen. This generous level of funding for clothes will act as a ripple effect, leaving a positive impact on student families (who often are facing hardships of their own and cannot provide resources or funding to their children), school educators, and staff.
The impact of funding would be significant. Clean and appropriate dress leads to confidence in appearance, which is crucial to the well-being of our community's young people. Such ample funding for new and gently-used clothing will allow Hangers to quickly alleviate the stress, anxiety, and social stigma that so many at-need students face at school. Nice clothing lets students focus on more important things than appearance as they work towards a meaningful education. We also know from speaking with school partners (educators and staff) that those served by Hangers improve their attendance status. Additionally, Hangers gives students in our community a voice. The Hangers model provides personalized attention from trained staff to each student during the student's customized "shopping trip." Students hand-pick clothing themselves, which puts their creative outreach and preferences first. A trip to Hangers is about his/her specific needs not just as a student, but as an individual.