With some washing, sorting and folding in the spring, a little seed of an idea sprouted. That seed started with Baaroc Rivers, a Stadium High School sophomore, who notices things and wants to help.
He observed that when people experiencing homelessness use the People’s Community Center free showers, they don’t always have clean clothes to change into afterwards.
Rivers took that seed and transformed it into a “take what you need” clothing drive, complete with donations he solicited, cleaning and organizing he led, and event marketing he directed. The clothing drive was such a hit that the team at the People’s Center continues to run it, taking donations twice a week and distributing them to low-income families and people experiencing homelessness.
Rivers did this work as part of the Jobs 253 program. Through Jobs 253, TPS trains students, helps with job placement, provides expanded engagement with financial literacy, and makes connections in the community. The City of Tacoma partners in funding the up to $1,000 stipend students receive when they fulfill their job requirements.