61 South Powell Ave. Columbus, OH 43204 614-351-5480
Westside Free Store Ministries
The Westside Free Store Ministries (WSFM) is an ecumenical, faith-based, 501(c)(3) charitable organization designed to share resources, build relationship and create community on Columbus’ west side. Through the volunteer effort and generosity of many people, churches and organizations, the WSFM serves thousands of people in need each year.
Since opening our doors in August, 2004, we have provided a safe haven within the community. We have become known as a place where needs are met, hospitality is offered and meaningful relationships formed in the name of Jesus Christ. Program and services offered by
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The simple premise of the Westside Free Store is those in need can shop for free as a result of the generosity of others. Material donations (clothing and small household items) are organized and made available to all who visit our Free Store. There are no income or residency requirements. Based on the number of people in a household, each shopper is allowed a generous number of items per month.
The Free Store’s shoppers include men, women and children representing all nationalities who make Central Ohio their home. The Free Store is located in the basement of Westgate United Methodist Church on the west side of Columbus, in the historical Hilltop community, at 61 South Powell Avenue.
With support of local merchants, pastries and hot and cold beverages are available in the Free Store’s fellowship hall while shoppers prepare to shop.
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The Westside Free Store has blessed me with hot coffee and meals as well as sheets, blankets, clothes and dishes when I’ve become displaced, homeless, jobless, careless and miserable due to divorce and separation from my children and grandbaby. The kindness and generosity here gives me hope in an extremely desperate time of sadness and despair. I see many others in greater need than I who are helped and blessed with much more than I. Thank you so much for the Free Store. Please continue to keep them open for the needs in this local community.
Sincerely blessed, Margaret M.
The Free Store is a wonderful place and the people that run the church are super. The workers are so friendly and very helpful. Having prayer has helped me a lot. I’ve been helped with clothes, household items and other things that I can’t afford. The snacks are very nice and the breads and sack lunches are fantastic. I am very blessed with the free store and very happy. I go shopping and feel very comfortable. When I shop at the free store I love all the workers and they are all very happy to be around with good attitudes and I like that. If I’m down and feeling sad, I go to the Free Store and when I leave the people lift my spirits and I feel much better.
Free Store hours are during the 2nd and 4th week of the month:
Monday 10 am to 12:30 pm
Thursday 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday noon to 2:30 pm