Written by SMH Inpatient Rehab Case Manager Crystal Brooks
Sarasota Memorial is proud to partner with Goodwill Industries and the community to provide patients in need with fresh clothing. The SMH Clothes Closet stores shirts, pants and shoes for men and women who might have had clothing damaged during their hospital experience or during an accident or injury that led to their hospital stay.
SMH staff can access clothing from the Clothes Closet, as needed, when their patients are ready to be discharged, or during the patient’s hospital or inpatient rehabilitation stay.
Donations of gently used adult clothing are accepted during clothing drives organized by Goodwill Manasota and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Look for announcements for the dates of the next clothing drive to benefit the SMH Clothes Closet.
The partnership also allows patients who have experienced traumatic loss, such as fire or domestic violence, to receive donated furniture and household items, if in need. Recently, SMH case managers were able to help a patient whose home was burglarized while he was completing inpatient rehab. Through the Goodwill partnership, they secured vouchers he could use to use replace his stolen furniture.
Created by Inpatient Rehab Case Manager Crystal Brooks, MSW, and managed by SMH Psychosocial Case Manager Renee Cousino-Marshke, LCSW, the Clothes Closet only accepts clothing that has been processed by Goodwill. Cousino-Marshke implemented the hospital-wide Fill the Bins to the Brim clothing drive to boost the Clothes Closet’s inventory so it can continue to provide for SMH’s growing patient population.
Remember to bring your gently used clothing items to help Fill the Bins to the Brim, April 9-12, and be a part of the Sarasota Memorial mission to secure a safe discharge for all of our patients.
For more information about the clothing drive or how to access the Clothes Closet for patient needs, contact Cousino-Marske at 941-917-5448 or Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMH Inpatient Rehab Case Manager Crystal Brooks, BSFCS, MSW, is a registered clinical social worker intern and is focused on health education and counseling. She specializes in mental health and stress management for those with diabetes and their families. Her passion to help those living with chronic disease is rooted in her own experiences living with chronic disease.