The MISSION STORE is a training ground for Mission residents and a provider of low-cost and free clothing for those in need in the City of Trenton.

What began in the 1930's as a way to engage the men in the nightly shelter has evolve into a multi-faced entrepreneurial program that is a key element of a comprehensive effort to provide diversified job training to residents at the Mission.

The MISSION STORE sells used clothing and furniture donated by the public to the community-at-large at very affordable prices. We are the largest retail outlet of clothing in the City of Trenton.

Clothing that is not sold in the store is distributed at no cost to eligible participants in our residential programs, those who come through the emergency shelter, or via vouchers from community partners. Rather than throw away clothing that is left unsold or selected for courtesy distribution, we bundle it and sell it to third-party textile recyclers. This is our only alternative at this juncture other than send the remaining clothing to a local landfill. All proceeds benefit the Mission's continuum of programs aimed at providing individuals with the tools and services to rebuild their lives.

The Mission accepts new and gently used clothing, shoes, furniture and housewares. Here are our guidelines:


  • Clothing and shoes should be gently used and in usable condition
  • Donations should be bagged
  • Clothing of any and all types is accepted, regardless of gender, size, or season – the need is continuous!

Shoes and Accessories

  • Shoes should be matched and in usable condition
  • All clothing accessories are accepted (hats, belts, handbags and purses, etc) and should be in usable condition


  • Furniture that is in good, usable condition and free of any damage, including:
    • Sofas and loveseats
    • Kitchen tables and chairs
    • Bedroom sets
    • Living room sets
  • Unusually large furniture, such as wall units or large sectional sofas, are not accepted

Appliances , electronics, outdoor and garden items

  • Must be less than 10 years old and in good, working condition, including:
    • Stereo systems
    • Speakers
    • DVD players

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, we do not accept the following:

  • Mattresses or box springs, new or used
  • China cabinets, hutches, wall units, or entertainment centers
  • Sofa beds, sleeper sofas
  • Appliances and electronics over 10 years old
  • Building materials of any kind
  • Computers – parts or whole
  • Tube televisions
  • Books

98 Carroll Street, P.O. Box 790 * Trenton, NJ 08605-0790