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What is the Charitable Union?
The Charitable Union is a local non-profit that provides clothing and small household items, at no cost, to those in need.

Can I shop at Charitable Union?
You can shop if you have need. To prove need you can use a Medicaid card, a food stamp card, or a referral from another social service agency or church, such as Summit Pointe, Washington Heights, Community Action, etc.

You may also call 211 and ask you a referral to our agency.

What do I need to do in order to shop at Charitable Union?
If order to shop at Charitable Union we need social security numbers and birthdates for each person listed on your card.

How can I get a card?
You can get a card by calling 211 and asking for a referral to us. You may also bring in your Medicaid card or “Bridge” card. We will also need social security cards and birth dates of everyone on your card.

What are your shopping hours?

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday and Friday CLOSED
2nd Saturday 9:00am - noon

What do you offer?
We have:

  • Clothing for babies, children and adults
  • Shoes
  • Small household items
  • Books
If I want to add someone to my card what do I need?
In order to add someone we will need the social security number and birth date of that person.

If I have a new baby what do I need to add him/her to my card?
We will need proof of birth in order to add the new baby. You can bring one of the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate from the hospital with feet prints
  • Bracelet from the hospital with baby’s name on it
  • WIC referral
If I am pregnant when can I shop for the baby?
You can begin to shop for the baby when you are seven months pregnant.

What is a “layette” and how do I get one for the baby?
A layette is a package filled with items to use with your newborn. It includes:

  • Baby bottles
  • Diapers
  • Handmade receiving blanket
  • Onesies and more
Do you have furniture?
No, you must call 211 and tell them what you need. They will help you find what you need.


Charitable Union

Our Hours of Operation for all areas. Please check the area of service below that you would like information on:

Free Store Shopping:
Mon, Tues and Wed
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Closed Thurs and Fri

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Donation Door:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Due to COVID donations must be held 72-hours before processing.

The Gift Shop :
Beginning July 27 Re-Opening with limited customers. Hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

85 Calhoun Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Our Impact This Year

  • Households Served in 2019

    15,094

  • Volunteer Hours in 2019

    30,917

  • Backdoor Donors in 2019

    7,234

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