The Yolanda K. Jabaley Clothing Center will open today at its new location at 201 Byron Hurst Street.
The center moved from Ridley Streat early July to a temporary Broome Street location, in order make room for the construction of the Boyd Park amphitheater project. The Ridley Street building was taken down and its materials were used in the construction of the new Broome Street location.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous compared to what we had,” said Rose Meister, director of the shelter. “It’s so bright and open. The city and county did a magnificent job in getting it ready. We don’t have the words to say how much we appreciate the work they did to get this ready for us.”
The store is facilitated by the LaGrange and Troup County Council of Church Women (LTCCW) and is run by volunteers through a collaboration of 15 different churches in LaGrange and Troup County.
Once a month Troup County families who are referred by social service agencies, churches or schools can fill up to a 30 gallon bag with free clothing that is either donated or purchased through monetary donations.
The clothing center will be accepting clean clothing and functional shoes during its hours of operation on Tuesdays from 10a.m. to noon and Thursdays 1p.m to 3p.m. The center is in operation August through May.
Formerly known as the LaGrange Clothing Center, the store changed its name to the Yolanda K. Jabaley Clothing Center several years ago to honor former director Jabaley for her 38 years of service to the store.