If God can take an old common garment and change a life, then surely He can use you and me. Opening day for Common Garments was May 15th, 1999. The primary purpose of CGMI is to be a ministry to those in need in Hopkins County, Webster County and in any surrounding area, county or country. We meet physical needs by providing clothing, household items, toys, canned vegetables, etc. All of these items are given freely to those in need – there are absolutely no fees or costs to our customers. Although meeting physical needs is important, at Common Garments we strive to meet emotional and spiritual needs by providing an environment with continual encouragement and a listening ear. When we feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the prisoners – we are doing these things as unto the Lord.
Isaiah 61:1-3“The Lord has chosen us to tell of His salvation and good news to the needy, heal the brokenhearted, comfort those that mourn, open prison doors, give them beauty for ashes, and the “garment” of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness. Then these may be called the righteous.”
Along with their free store they also offer a free housing program to struggling woman, called Elizabeth’s House. EH is a completely free housing program offered to struggling women. Housing is offered for up to three months to help individuals get back on their feet. The EH facility is made up of three bedrooms: one private for a woman with children and two set up dorm style. The dorm style rooms have four beds, each having a side table, dresser, and chest. EH has a large bathroom with three showers, three toilets, and two sinks. The kitchen has two stoves, two refrigerators, and several cabinets to ensure enough space for each resident present. The living room consists of a tv, bookshelf full of devotionals, and extra-large couch. There is also a laundry room that provides two washers and two dryers so the residents can wash their clothing efficiently.
Luke 1:36-37“What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”