Patti’s Closet provides new and used clothing (at no charge) to low-income, at-risk families with small children.

This ministry addresses a lack of resources for the needs of infants and toddlers in our community.  Clothing banks have mostly adult clothing, and since children outgrow their clothing very rapidly during the first two or three years, the need is great.

  • Patti’s Closet is unique to our community, as currently there are no clothing banks for infant and toddler clothing.  Families should be able to have the basic baby necessities without having to forgo other necessities such as rent or utilities.
  • Patti’s Closet partners with other local churches and synagogues for donations and referrals for our community’s at-risk children.
  • Families are referred to us by Non-Profit agencies and Faith Communities who are already working with these families.
  • Patti’s Closet is strictly funded with donations from our church members and the local community.


A referral from a social service agency or Faith Community is required for parents or custodial grandparents to access Patti’s Closet.  Current  partners include:

  • Families Network of Western Connecticut
  • The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut
  • Connecticut Institute for Communities

Patti’s Closet Hours:

3rd Saturday of each month at UMC Danbury from 10:30am to 12:30pm


The need is significant

The poverty rate in Danbury is 10.5%.

One out of every 9 residents of Danbury lives in poverty.

8,075 of 87,000 Danbury residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year. 

Greater Danbury residents participate in local organizations and contribute thousands of hours as volunteers. The diverse mixture of cultures and socio-economic levels has produced a cosmopolitan balance in a city where there is a place for everyone. The schools, churches, and various organizations make it a great place to live and raise a family with a host of opportunities for entertainment and leisure time activities.


The United Methodist Church of Danbury is a warm, inviting church, with a long and historic past, a dynamic present and an exciting future. We believe that a personal connection to one’s faith ought to be nurtured throughout life. The United Methodist Church  of Danbury offers a wide range of religious, educational, and social programs for all age groups, from pre-school to post-retirement.  We strive to create an environment in which individuals and families feel comfortable being together, whether they are praying, studying, or helping to repair the world.  

For more information, please email [email protected]

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