What is Taylor’s Closet?
What happens in Taylor’s Closet is remarkable. Girls who have been abused, injured or who are just basically suffering from a lifetime of hopelessness, come into our store and find out that someone cares – that all these beautiful new, designer clothes are there for them – completely free.
And then something happens to them.
Walls start to drop.
Attitudes become softer.
Conversations take place.
You almost have to see it to believe the transformation.
Taylor’s Closet provides love and hope to girls in need through a shopping experience. Each girl can come to our store once a month and leaves with 3 pieces of brand new designer clothing, valued at $150. But even more she leaves feeling loved and valued.
How it all started.
In December of 2005, a 14 year old girl from Fort Lauderdale had an idea to give some less fortunate girls a little hope & a little love by allowing them to shop for clothes – cool ones, the lastest fashions – for free!
So she prayed. And she asked some of her friends to do the same. Before she knew it, Lindsay Giambattista had more than 50 bags of new and like-new clothing stacked up, floor-to-ceiling, in her room.
That year, they put together a make-shift “store” aboard a yacht in the local Christmas boat parade where 20 or so young girls in foster care could come in and feel something special.
That effort blossomed into an actual store which now serves girls all over South Florida as a model for affiliated efforts around the country.
Taylor’s Closet’s mission is to create a community in which girls in foster care and girls in need will be empowered to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and live happy, healthy, and productive lives, realizing their God given destiny.
To achieve our mission:
- We provide a safe place where girls can shop for free designer clothing.
- We engage the girls in a healthy dialogue about important issues that affect each of their lives.
- We conduct weekly workshops focused on cooking, design and art to help girls unlock their creative talents.