“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” says Madonna Borgerding, a high-energy volunteer that runs the clothing pantry at Mission for Area People.
Madonna has been working at MAP since 1996 after retiring from her job at Sealed Power of 41 years. In 1997, the clothing pantry began giving out free clothes to those in need. The space was moved and expanded on the 3rd floor of Temple United Methodist Church on Jefferson Street in Muskegon Hts. The pantry has free clothes, shoes, jackets, toys, and household items.
Madonna is proud of what’s been done. “The only reason I have been here for over 20 years is that I’ve seen what we have done for people. It’s been more than once, I got a big hug and a big thank you telling me that without us, they don’t know what they would have done.” She’s enjoyed the people she’s worked with and considers it a privilege and a blessing.
The pantry has recently opened again to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, a limited number of people will be allowed to shop at the same time and a face mask is required. Household items are needed and donations may be dropped off at 2500 Jefferson Street.