Coat drives near South Bend

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December 14, 2023

Coat drives near South Bend

For the first time since 2010, the poverty rate in America shot up dramatically in 2022, according to data from the Census Bureau. That means more Americans can't afford basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and utilities than has been the case in more than a decade.

But the situation isn't just affecting Americans living in poverty. United Way uses the term ALICE to refer to the increasing number of people who are asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed but are still not able to afford their basic needs. In 2021, 13% of Americans earned below the federal poverty level but many more, 29%, fell under the ALICE umbrella, according to the grassroots movement United for ALICE.

A study published in August 2022 from Brandeis University found that more than 75% of low-income families working full-time cannot cover the cost of basic needs. What's more, fewer than 1 in 5 low-income Hispanic and Black families in particular are able to afford the costs of a household budget. "Full-time work alone isn't enough to cover the everyday essentials most families need to support themselves," the study's lead author, Pamela Joshi, who holds a doctorate in social policy, said in a statement.

If you're looking for ways to help, particularly as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach, consider cleaning out your closet and donating a coat to those in need. To help point you in the right direction, Stacker compiled a list of coat drives near South Bend using data from One Warm Coat, a nonprofit that provides free coats to children and adults in need across America. Since 1992, they've given out more than 7.85 million coats.

"This is one very small way to take a step forward and do something very tangible," One Warm Coat CEO Beth Amodio told USA Today in October 2023. "It's impossible to change the world. But it is possible to change one person's experience, one person at a time."

Read on to find out where you can contribute.

St Margarets House
- Address: 117 N Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

Indiana Health Centers Inc. Michigan Street
- Address: 765 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601

Susanna's Kitchen
- Address: 831 W. Marion St., Elkhart, IN 46516

The Salvation Army of Greater Elkhart
- Address: 300 North Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc
- Address: Po Box 1045, Michigan City, IN 46361

Bethany Christian Services
- Address: 6687 Seeco Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
- Address: 448 N Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Sojourner Truth House
- Address: 410 W 13Th Ave, Gary, IN 46407

Divine Leaders of Christ Worship and Praise Ministry
- Address: 5919 Wallace Rd, Hammond, IN 46320

Apostolic Church of God's Love
- Address: 5549 Sohl Ave, Hammond, IN 46320

Building Temples Ministries
- Address: Po Box 490149, Chicago, IL 60649

Burnham Math and Science Academy
- Address: 9928 S Crandon Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

WISE Women Development Center (WWDC)
- Address: 14637 Kimbark Avenue, Dolton, IL 60419

Chicago Center for HIV Elimination
- Address: 1525 E 55Th St Ste 205, Chicago, IL 60615

TCA Health Inc.
- Address: 1029 East 130Th Street, Chicago, IL 60619

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 395 metros.

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