Students, grades pre-k through elementary, receive two pairs of pants, a belt, five shirts, six pairs of underwear and socks, a jacket, a gift card for new shoes, and a grooming kit–essentially school clothing for a week. Clothing is purchased at wholesale with funds raised by Assistance League of Austin’s THRIFT HOUSE, grants, and generous donations from volunteers and the Austin community.
Middle and high schools that require uniforms are supplied a “uniform closet” at their school. OSB volunteers order and pack the clothes, and a volunteer liaison works with school personnel to set up and maintain the closet. Students are given clothes as needed from the closet. There are currently 13 Uniform Closet schools in Austin ISD and Manor ISD.
High school and non-uniform middle school students are given the opportunity to shop at a designated retail location in the Teen Outfitters Project. This program has proven to be very popular with the older students.