What would you say if someone handed you a brand new suit for that job interview; or a beautiful prom gown or graduation dress? Enter Judy’s Closet. Judy’s Closet, founded by Councilwoman Judy Waldman, is a collection of gently-used and new clothing for men, women, and children in need, located inside the South Dade Skills Center, 28300 SW 152 Avenue, as well as the William F. Brantley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13.
On June 25th, 2013, Amber Woods, Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s intern, and her father, Allen Woods, donated over $3,000 worth of clothing in memory of Sally Woods. Sally, a longtime friend of Councilwoman Waldman, was killed in a car accident due to a distracted driver in October of 2011.
“My mom wouldn’t want these clothes to just gather dust, and they’re nice clothes; some still with the tags. When I heard about Judy’s Closet, I knew it was the perfect place for her clothes,” said Amber. “She was always volunteering and trying to help better our community, and Judy’s Closet does just that, offering clothes for interviews, graduations and proms; not to mention, it is run by her friends.”
People come to Judy’s Closet from all over the community to find clothing for all kinds of occasions – a job interview, graduation, or a beautiful gown for prom. Primarily, graduating students from the South Dade Skills Center, access Judy’s Closet as they are preparing for their careers. Judy’s Closet was there for Ms. Christina Marie Campos who sent a letter for her gratitude:
My name is Christina Marie Campos. This letter that I am writing is to explain how humble and thankful I am for Judy's Closet. Judy's Closet allowed me the opportunity to use their clothing for a job interview. I recently completed the Administrative Office Assistant classes at the South Dade Educational Center. Education that I received was paid for by the Farm Workers Jobs and Education program. Through the Farm Workers program, they assisted me with obtaining a job as a part- time -secretary. However, their work does not stop there. They assisted me once again by providing me clothing from Judy's Closet for an interview. I am forever thankful for the partnership that the Farm Workers program has with Judy's Closet.
“I started Judy’s Closet for people just like Ms. Campos, who are looking to better their lives and their families or who might just need a helping hand to get through a difficult period,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “Amber and Allen donated so many beautiful clothes which will help create an important and special moment in someone’s life. The Woods are so generous to share so much!”
If you are in need of clothes or wish to make a donation, please contact Councilwoman Waldman’s office at (305) 224-4454 to schedule an appointment.