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Churches make free clothing shops more inviting, dignified

Stephany Watkins, center, receives bags of clothing from Legacy Boutique, a new clothing store organized by members at Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, Mich. (Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press)
Stephany Watkins, center, receives bags of clothing from Legacy Boutique, a new clothing store organized by members at Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, Mich. (Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press)
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When Stephany Watkins entered Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, Mich., last month to get some free clothing, she was expecting what she had seen at other centers for people in need: a table full of old clothes or maybe crumpled bags of garments. But inside the church was a boutique that looked more like the women’s clothing section of a department store. Name-brand suit jackets like Anne Klein hung on racks. Designer shoes were tastefully ...

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