Tell Your Story: Restoration Closet

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August 23, 2020 By Denise R. Marcos

Having received, I freely give

“A restored life leads to a restored closet.” This is the philosophy of Stephanie Brown, Founder of local nonprofit Restoration Closet. Its mission, “to provide support and inspiration to help women succeed in both career and life,” stemmed from a long personal journey of self-discovery and growth.

Stephanie fell in love, married and became a mother to two beautiful girls. But problems surfaced and her husband left their family without any support. This left Stephanie grasping tightly to all she had remaining. Feeling broken, she turned to the only place she found refuge—her church and its community. 

Stephanie worked hard to provide for her girls. Friends encouraged her and their hearts were opened. These friends opened their closets to her family providing clothes and shoes for both Stephanie and her daughters. 

Free clothing for women and their children.
Free clothing for women and their children.

These moments signified a turning point for Stephanie. With a thankful heart, she turned to the Lord, prayed to Him and He gave her a vision. He put it in her heart to help others who were struggling. She remembers the generosity of those who helped her persevere and she felt called to do the same. And in July 2019, Restoration Closet became an official nonprofit. 

The organization provides gently used clothes and accessories to women free of charge. In addition, the ministry offers job training and assistance. While material and intellectual needs can be met at Restoration Closet, the true purpose behind the organization is to make every woman who walks through its doors know they are valued and loved by Jesus.   

Restoration Closet has a selection of shoes and accessories as well.
Restoration Closet has a selection of shoes
and accessories as well.

Restoration Closet is located off 1604 in Stone Oak and is currently using a 10x15 smart unit as a place where women in need can shop for free. However, Stephanie is trusting God to provide a larger, more intimate space in-the-not-too-distant future. This will allow her to serve even more women and change even more lives.

If you have space you can donate to the nonprofit, would like to donate items or make a monetary donation, contact Stephanie at Financial donations will allow the ministry to grow to serve women by adding a wellness center that will offer life skills, personal coaching, counseling and much more. A portion of donations will be used to purchase H-E-B gift cards for single mothers to buy necessities. If you feel moved by Stephanie’s story, visit her website to learn more and make a donation at Pray with her for the perfect place to set up shop to serve more women.

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Restoration Closet
(210) 970-2880

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Written by

Denise R. Marcos

Denise Marcos has a journalism degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has been writing for more than 10 years professionally. Denise is a Guam native and is happily married with four children.


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