Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


The Clothes Horse

The Clothes Horse is an on-campus ministry that provides clothes, toys, food, and small household items free of charge to all graduate students and their families. Faculty wives began this ministry over 50 years ago, and the ministry of the Clothes Horse is made possible today by the work of many people.


The Clothes Horse accepts clothes of all sizes, as well as toys and small household items in good condition. There is very little space in the store, so all items must be small enough to hang on a rack or sit on a shelf. Additionally, a food shelf is maintained in the store for non-perishable items. Popular foods include peanut butter, cereal, rice, tuna, pasta, and canned fruit. Please do not bring expired goods.

If you would like to make a donation of food or clothing, please visit us during the following open hours:

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (We are open until 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.)
Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

There is a Salvation Army bin northeast of the building in between C and D apartments, where donations may be placed after hours. Donors may contact the store in advance to schedule an after-hours donation at [email protected] or call Brett Mitchell at 847-317-7072. Please try to schedule at least a week in advance.

Cash donations may be made through the Office of Institutional Advancement, and gifts should be designated for “The Clothes Horse.” Monetary gifts go directly to purchasing food items.

Checks can also be made, payable to TIU, memo line: “The Clothes Horse” and mailed to

Attention: Wilma Sweeney, Clothes Horse
C/O Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

All donations are tax deductible. Please ask for a receipt inside the store or request that one be mailed to you.


Volunteers are always needed to help sort donations and assist customers. Qualifying students may earn Field Education or Service Learning credit. The Clothes Horse Manager position is a paid (work study) position that is filled each July. Contact [email protected] if you would like more information about volunteering.