On June 17th Mt. Zion General Baptist Church (Indianapolis) held a Kick-off / Open House for the “Robin’s Closet” Neighborhood Clothing Outreach Mission – It was a big success. God has blessed this project with a great deal of support from our church family. The camera was on hand to record the event.
Editor B. Scott Mohr of The Southsider Voice has once again offered support for the Robin’s Closet Clothing Mission by running another article highlighting this cause. A reminder for the Open House; it features quotes from Dara and pictures of Penny and Judy. The article is reproduced below…
Clothing pantry will
host open house
By B. Scott Mohr
An open house to celebrate the
grand opening of Robin’s Closet,
a clothing pantry at Mount Zion
General Baptist Church, 3565 S.
Keystone Ave., will be held from
10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Named after Robin Grove,
who envisioned the pantry before
dying of cancer March 21, the
pantry provides nice clothing to
“We will be a good resource
for people who have been burned
out of their homes,” said Da-
rolina “Dara” DeBurger, who’s
spearheading the project. “We
still need boys clothing and new
underwear and socks for children
of all ages. And if someone needs
a nice outfit to wear to an inter-
view but can’t afford one, they
can call me at 317-625-6648 to
see if we have anything suitable.”
Deburger said she doesn’t
know what kind of business to
expect, so she hasn’t set up any
fixed hours. “People can just call
me for an appointment.”
“I don’t think it will fit,” laughs
Penny McGowan, who helped
sort clothes at the clothing drive
for Robin’s Closet.
Judy Thomas checks the size
of a sweater.
Robin’s Closet will be holding an Open House on June 17, 2017 and all are invited to attend. Come and learn more about how the mission will function. Appointment cards will be available. Refreshments will be served.
If you would like to volunteer for this event or help this mission in any capacity please add your name to the signup sheet in the foyer at Church or give Dara DeBurger a call (317)625-6648 for more information.
The Robin’s Closet Mission is honored to have been reported on by the community newspaper “The Southsider Voice.” This publication boasts a weekly circulation of 20,000 and covers the Southside of Indianapolis, from downtown, South to Stones Crossing in Center Grove, West to Highway 37 and East to Emerson Avenue. Praise be to God that news of this mission has spread to so many in our primary mission field.
The editor of this quality, free publication – B. Scott Mohr took an interest early on in the development of Robin’s Closet and reached out to Dara to interview her about the project. The text of the featured story from Volume 9, Number 7 of The Southsider Voice is reproduced below. We encourage you however, to pick-up a copy of the printed publication and enjoy the feel of reading news the way it should be – printed and tactile.
We offer our sincerest appreciation to Mr. Mohr for sharing the following words…
Robin Grove won’t be around for the opening of a clothing pantry named after her, but she will be there in spirit.
Robin’s Closet, which will be housed in the basement of Mount Zion General Baptist Church, is the brainchild of Grove, who died March 21 at the age of 50 after a yearlong bout with cancer.
Shortly before learning that her days were numbered, she shared her dream of opening the pantry. Members of her church graciously embraced Grove’s desire to launch the clothing mission. Much like they did last year when Debbie Reynolds, Bill Crosley and Jack Imel wanted to start a food panty, which now serves about 40 people monthly.
Grove’s inspiration for Robin’s Closet stemmed from reading Matthew 25:35-40, which partially reads: “Naked, and ye clothed me: … When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Grove’s push to get the pantry open was fervent until the end. “I want to get it open, but I don’t know if I can do it,” she told Darolina “Dara” DeBurger, a dear friend of Grove’s mother, Shirley Roland.
“I told Robin that no matter what happens, it is going to open,” DeBurger said. “We might make a few mistakes, but it will be fabulous. This is your legacy.”
And true to her words, DeBurger is seeing Grove’s dream to fruition. “We are getting there. The room has been painted; the carpeting has been laid and the shelves have been installed. We are just waiting on the racks (they are being made). We just don’t have a definite opening date, but it will be soon. We have some great volunteers; Penny and Virt McGowan, April Stephens, Wayne Cogsdill and my husband, Mike, have been wonderful.
“We have already received many donations. Clothing is being dropped off at the church and even at my front door. We haven’t been through everything, but I have seen some nice stuff. We will be a good resource for people who have been burned out of their homes. And if someone needs a nice outfit to wear to an interview but can’t afford one, they can call me at (317)625-6648 to see if we have anything suitable.”
Coats, shoes, purses, gently used clothing, hangars and new underwear and socks can be dropped off at the church, 3565 S. Keystone Ave., but donors should call DeBurger to arrange appointments.
Some of Grove’s clothes – eight bags and counting – have been donated to the cause by her daughter, Krista Robert, who attends IUPUI and works part time at Chase Bank.
“Krista has really taken an active role in the clothing pantry,” said Roland, her grandmother. “She is going through all of her mom’s clothes.”
Grove also left behind two sons, Dillon Grove and Brandon Roberts. The children, whose father, Randy Robert, died several years ago, are living with Roland.
Roland, who sells dog harnesses and collars, some plus size clothes and baseball caps at the Emporium Beech Grove to make a little money to help pay the bills, said she is really excited about the pantry.
Robin Hollis, who owns the shop, has donated booth space so that people affiliated with the pantry can sell clothing to benefit Robin’s Closet. “We will use that money to buy new underwear and socks,” boasted DeBurger.
“The response to Robin’s Closet has been terrific, and I’m glad to be a part of it,” Roland said. “It’s a fitting tribute to a woman who was a beautiful person inside and out.”
You can download this issue of TheSouthsiderVoice in PDF format via the following:
This story is also featured on the newspaper’s Blog:
We really do have some great volunteers and sincerely apologize to any and all those folks that work so hard yet whose names were omitted from the original story. If we were to offer an edit to the above article we would enhance the list of volunteers to read as follows: Penny and Virt McGowan, April Stephens, Wayne Cogdill, Judy Thomas, Claudia Grove, Tori Golder, Mary Lambert, Shelby Apple, Billy Crosley, Gabby Stephens, Dougie & Malachi and Mike DeBurger. Of course there are many in our congregation and community who have offered their support through their donations of cash and clothing and they are no less recognized and appreciated.
May God continue to bless the efforts of Mt Zion General Baptist Church as they continue to make a positive impact on the south-side of Indianapolis, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Thanks to all those who came out to volunteer and everyone that generously dropped off clothing (and hangers,) making Robin’s Closet – First “Operation Clothing Drop-off” a big success!
This is only the beginning, but if this event is any indication then Robin’s Closet is destined to be a great way for Mt. Zion Church to show the Love of Jesus to those in need in our vicinity. If you missed the inaugural clothing drop-off event never fear, we will be doing this again from time to time. If you would like to make special arrangements to drop of your items for donation please email RobinsCloset@MtZionIndy.org to set up a time.
Thank you and God Bless!
All sizes 0-3 mo through largest Adult sizes needed. Only new or clean, gently-worn, outer garments are requested (no holes or stains, please!)
We are also seeking monetary donations so that we might provide new under garments to those in need. If you can’t make it during that time, please email RobinsCloset@MtZionIndy.org to make arrangements!
A Dream Realized
Mat 25:35-40 (KJV)
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
These words from the Holy Bible spoke to Robin Grove in a deep and meaningful way. After prayerful consideration she shared her feelings among the congregation of her Church that God was calling her to service and had thus laid the idea of a clothing mission heavily upon her heart. This revelation came to Robin amidst a grueling battle against Non Hotchkins Lymphoma; a battle that looked as though she might ultimately emerge victorious.
Shortly after sharing her dream of starting a “clothing pantry” (to complement the successful neighborhood Food Pantry mission at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church) she was delivered the devastating news that yet another form of Cancer was invading and her time upon the Earth was drawing to a close. With precious little time remaining Robin worked with Church membership to establish this mission and devoted much care and consideration into it’s creation.
Mt. Zion General Baptist Church has graciously embraced Robin’s desire to start this clothing mission; in large measure, due to their embrace of Robin herself. She is a beloved member of the congregation and oftentimes member of the praise team, a student of God’s Word and a friend to everyone she meets. She will be sorely missed, but it is hoped that the legacy that lives on in her family and friends might also be made manifest in this humble effort to help those less fortunate.
This website is under construction and is being developed in association with the “Robin’s Closet” Clothing Mission at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN.
Thank you for visiting.
Please check back often as we work to bring Robin’s vision to fruition.
Photo by Tonya Stephens (October 4, 2016)
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