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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

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Laney clothing exchange gets permanent home

Free ‘clothing store’ available to Peralta students
Photo by Desmond Meagley
Secondhand clothes in a variety of sizes and styles sit on a rack in the newly opened clothing exchange, where PCCD students can now access free clothes and shoes.

A free clothing exchange is now available to all Peralta Community College District (PCCD) students on the third floor of the Laney College Student Center.

Any PCCD student can access secondhand clothing at no cost between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday, according to Katrina Santos, Basic Needs Coordinator for Laney College. A student ID with a current semester sticker is required.

Santos told The Citizen that the Laney Basic Needs Center, also known as the Eagle’s Nest, started offering free clothing to students in need via “pop-ups” on the Laney quad when it began operations last spring.

While the pop-ups still run every third Wednesday, now the clothing closet has a consistent and permanent home directly beside the Eagle’s Nest office.

The newly repurposed room houses shoes and garments for adults and children in a variety of sizes, with both formal and casual options available.

CalFresh support, free shower access, and a food pantry are all also available through the Eagle’s Nest, as well as resources for students with children and students seeking housing.

Santos said Laney staff, students, and community members have donated clothing to the exchange.

Those interested in donating “gently worn” clothing to the Student Center are able to do so by appointment with the Eagle’s Nest.

PCCD Basic Needs Coordinators:

About the Contributor
Desmond Meagley
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer
Desmond Meagley (any/all) got hir start in journalism at the YR Media newsroom (formerly known as Youth Radio) in 2015, writing about public health, education, and gender until hir departure in 2019. Hir work has appeared in The SF Chronicle, The Daily Cal, Teen Vogue, KQED, KCBS and more. Xe has also been honored with awards from The Society of Professional Journalists NorCal, Public Radio News Directors Inc., and The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (of which Desmond is a proud member.) Through hir work at The Citizen Desmond hopes to tell compelling stories about students, as well as to increase transparency and student participation throughout the Peralta Community College District. When outside of class, xe is usually drawing, cooking, or herding their numerous household pets.
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