Cardinal Closet

Mentor Schools 

Cardinal  Closet                 


The Mentor Schools Cardinal Closet 

was created in response to the growing

 need for resources for our students & 

their families. Recently, we have opened 

it up to the Mentor community.  


The Cardinal Closet Provides: 

Gently used clothing, shoes, outerwear, accessories and new personal care

 items. We also have school supplies available.  


Who can use the Closet?

All students PreK- Grade 12 are 

Welcome to utilize our resources. 

 Families and community members 

that are in need may also visit the space. 

Location: 

Mentor High School- upper I wing


Hours: 

Monday-Friday 7:30am-2:00pm

After school Tuesday/Thursday 2:30pm-4:00pm.  

All visits are by appointment only. 

To schedule contact: Sarah Bidlack

Call: 440-974-5331

Email: bidlack@mentorschools.org 

Appointment form: Scan code below.

Cardinal Closet FAQs

Cardinal Closet

How did the Cardinal Closet get started?

The Closet was created in response to the growing need for assistance in our community.  Our goal is to give students free access to clothing and school supplies. Our motto is “Take what you need, need what you take.”


Who can use the Cardinal Closet?

The Cardinal Closet is available to all students grades PreK-12 in the District.  


Where is it located?

The Cardinal Closet is located at Mentor High in upper I Wing and is part of the Cardinal Lab classroom space.  For appointments, a staff member will call to confirm the date and time and will make arrangements to meet the parent(s) at a designated location and escort them to the Closet.


What items are offered in the Cardinal Closet?

  • Gently used clothing: Shoes, clothes, outerwear, interview/dress clothes, accessories
  • New undergarments and socks
  • New personal care and toiletry items 
  • New school supplies 

Who can refer students and families?

Any staff member in the district can make a referral. We encourage all staff members to connect with students and families to make a referral themselves, but school counselors and administrators can also make referrals.  


What does the referral process look like? 

There are several ways that families can access the Cardinal Closet:

  • Staff can request that clothing or school supplies be interofficed to the student’s building using the Cardinal Closet Clothing and School Supply Order Form.
  • Students and families can visit the space if they wish to look through items on their own.  They just need to be referred by a staff member using this Cardinal Closet Appointment Form.  
  • Families can call or email and make an appointment using the contact information below.

How do I donate?

We are always accepting donations of new or gently used items for our K-12 students.  Items can be dropped off in the Mentor High School Main Office. 


Who else benefits?

The Cardinal Closet is operated by the Cardinal Lab and Unit Classrooms at MHS and allows students to practice employability and retail skills that they can later use to obtain employment.   


Who should I contact if I have questions or want to schedule an appointment? 

Open Monday-Friday during MHS school hours and after school Tuesday/Thursday by appointment only. 

To schedule contact call or email

  440-974-5331

Sarah Bidlack: Bidlack@mentorschools.org  

 
Cardinal Closet