Tara’s Closet
Provides free clothes to those in need

Families in Connecticut spend an average of $1,000 annually for clothing for children

This is impossible for many. Especially now. Let’s make sure every child has what they need for back to school!

Helping is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3 !

1 Donate New Masks

You can ship directly to us:

Jewish Family Services
ATTN: Tara’s Closet
333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A
West Hartford, CT 06117

2 Make a Monetary Donation

Your cash donations are tax-deductible and go directly to families in need. Give online now and designate “Tara’s Closet”

3 Share Our Message

Caring is always in style! Please share our flyer and video with your friends on social media, don’t forget to use #TarasCloset and tag us on Facebook!

Tara’s Closet brings mental illness into the open

Inspired by a young woman who lost her life to bi-polar disorder, Tara’s Closet, a Jewish communal initiative, provides free clothes to those in need as it helps those coping with mental illness.

Best Dressed

Tara Savin grew up in West Hartford and attended the Kingswood Oxford School, where she co-edited the yearbook and was voted “Best Dressed.”

She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies, and stayed on to earn a master’s degree in Mass Communications.

After working at Town & Country Magazine in Manhattan, she completed her Master of Social Work degree at Fordham University and returned to Hartford in 2010 for an internship with Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS).

That year, at age 38, Tara Savin lost the battle.

Tara Savin of Tara's Closet
Tara's Closet logo

Taking Mental Illness out of the Closet

JFS has launched Tara’s Closet, a program that brings together Savin’s two greatest passions. “Tara was a great humanitarian and she also had incredible jobs in New York in fashion,” says Savin’s mother, Barbara Roth.

Tara’s Closet comprises a dual mission: to provide clothing to JFS clients in a confidential and dignified manner, and to raise funds to spread awareness about mental illness and the related help provided by JFS.

“Our overriding goal is to take mental illness out of the closet,” says Roth. “We hope to break the ceiling on mental health and mental illness in the community because people are very much afraid of it and afraid to talk about it.”

Jewish Family Services clients, JETS participants, and other members of the community who are having difficulty meeting their clothing needs may visit Tara’s Closet when it is open.

Staffed by Volunteers

Tara’s Closet at Jewish Family Services serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

It is open seasonally by appointment and staffed by volunteers who will help JFS clients choose items for themselves and their families. Contact Patti Weiner at (860) 236-1927 x7129 to make an appointment.

Thank You for Assisting

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of individuals, synagogues, community groups, and businesses, including Congregation B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield, Rabbi Debra Cantor, and Esquire Cleaners.

To make a monetary contribution to Tara’s Closet, you may donate online through our website.  If you prefer to donate via mail, please make your check out to Jewish Family Services, or JFS, write “Tara’s Closet” on the memo line and mail it to Jewish Family Services, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A, West Hartford, CT 06117.  If you prefer to donate via telephone, or want information about up-coming drop-off days, please call Patti Weiner at (860) 236-1927, extension 7129.

A Discussion about Mental Health