After a period of uncertainty, The Closet, Inc. has found a new location and will be able to continue providing free clothing to Ada County youth.

Kelly McMurry of Meridian founded The Closet seven years ago, operating out of Tree City Church on Eagle Road. McMurry, unsure of her next step, had to leave that space last month because both The Closet and the church needed more space.

“It kind of makes my heart hurt,” McMurry told the Meridian Press last month. “But I truly believe, there’s no doubt in my mind it’s going ... to continue.”

She was right. A local property management director, Kristi Bowins with Alpine Property Service, saw the Meridian Press article while she was waiting at a car wash.

“I thought, ‘I can make this happen,’” Bowins said. “’I can help this lady out. This is fantastic what she does.’”

A few days later, Meridian Chamber of Commerce board member and real estate agent Jeffrey Hall stopped by Bowins’ office, and he mentioned that the chamber’s Leadership Meridian class was hosting a Bowl-A-Thon that day to raise money for The Closet.

“It’s like the planets aligned,” Bowins said.

The chamber connected Bowins with McMurry, and the two worked out a rental agreement for a 2,500-square-foot space at 10338 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise.

The property ownership agreed to lease the space at a below-market rent, Bowins said.

“It’s a win-win for everybody, and they totally agreed and jumped on board without a second thought,” she said.

The Closet is shooting for an open date in mid-May, McMurry said. Rodda Paint in Meridian donated roughly 20 gallons of paint and supplies for the new location, and Shorty’s Painting donated the labor.

“I’m excited for our new space, absolutely,” McMurry said in a voice message Wednesday, during a busy week of unpacking at the new location.

“I’m in awe of how that came together. I got the phone call the day after I closed, so the timing was pretty darn good,” she said. “And it just feels good to be in a new space. It’s the perfect size, and Kristi’s been wonderful to work with.”

McMurry started The Closet as a way to volunteer and help the community while raising her two children in Meridian. The organization, still all-volunteer run, provides clothing to Ada County youth free of charge.

McMurry estimates The Closet has helped 3,000 Ada County youth since 2010.

“It’s becoming bigger, bigger than me,” she said last month.

McMurry collects clothing from residents and retailers and creates a neat, store-like environment. Ada County teenagers and their families can schedule a private, one-hour appointment at The Closet, when they can come pick out clothes. McMurry is there to help and to be a source of support.

Teens are referred to The Closet by a school counselor, caseworker, homeless shelter, juvenile corrections or community agency. The Closet partners with the Juvenile Correction Center in Nampa, and youth who are about to be released and need clothing will come with a supervisor and pick out clothes.

“What she does is truly amazing,” Bowins said. “Helping teens that are going into middle school and high school, and they’re coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. ... She’s giving them a chance to succeed.”

McMurry said she’s excited to get The Closet reopened and to continue working with teens.

Anyone who would like to learn more about The Closet can contact McMurry at or find The Closet, Inc. on Facebook.


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