Victor Community Clothes Closet changing locations to parsonage house

VICTOR, NY — The Community Clothes Closet, known for providing clothes, linens and shoes for those in need, will be moving at the end of August.

According to an email sent to the Town of Victor, the shop, which is affiliated with the Victor United Methodist Church on 106 E. Main St. will be moving from the church’s basement to the former Parsonage House located on the premises beginning Aug. 22 and continuing through Sept. 7, to re-open Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

According to Karen Hansen, founder and director of the closet, the move was spurred by the availability of greater space at the parsonage house and better accessibility. 

“It’s more convenient to get to. In the basement you had to get down steep, narrow stairs. It was difficult for some people, including me,” Hansen said — while the new location is “bright and airy, warmer. It’s just more convenient for space.”

Hansen said the closet wouldn’t be able to accept any more clothing during the move, as the all-volunteer staff would be busy moving from one location to another. 

Hansen founded the Community Clothes Closet on Feb. 7, 2018 after a visit to a local food cupboard in the winter of that year. After seeing several of the attendees without suitable outerwear, she thought someone should do something.

“t just punched me in the stomach. You, you should do something. I went back to the church and knew what it was” she should do to help the community, Hansen said.