General Information for Volunteers
We are a Distribution Center of Brand New Clothing for high school students in Irving who are currently homeless, unaccompanied, or in need.
The Main Place, founded Sharon Johnston and supported by Irving Women’s Network (IWN), is a distribution center of primarily new clothing and prom/graduation/interview wear for homeless, unaccompanied or teens & youth in need who are attending school in Irving. IISD & Winfree Academy Charter School counselors provide the referrals to this “retail store without a cash register”. We also help the Irving overall Community in need “where possible”.
The new clothing is a result if IWN’s partnership with the National charity, Dignity U Wear, & Stein Mart-Las Colinas. Stein Mart’s vendors donate items to Dignity U Wear, IWN places orders to Dignity U Wear who then ships them directly to us. Our only cost is the discounted shipping.
Appointments are made with the referred students & our GREAT Volunteers “assist” them with VERY personalized attention to select from one outfit to an entire wardrobe, depending on circumstances & need. Each student must “try on” the clothing for the Volunteer’s approval (these are complete outfits with accessories). The trendy clothing allows them to “fit in”, increases their self-esteem, & relieves a large financial burden from these kids, most who are without a support system. The only “requirement” we have for the Teens is to complete a THANK YOU note to The Main Place about their experience & how they were treated!
Homeless children are entitled to the protections of the McKinney-Vento Act which defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
Examples of children who fall under this definition according to The Act:
- Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing
- Children living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
- Children living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Children awaiting foster care placement
- Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
- Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, etc.