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If you are a Social Worker or CASA with a NEWLY PLACED eligible child (age 7 - 17) on your caseload in EMERGENCY need of clothing, email us about our mini “Shopping” opportunity on Sunday, December 16th. Note: This event will NOT have as expansive a selection as our Full-Scale Events; and all Referrals Forms must be received prior to 5pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

OUR NEXT FULL-SCALE TWEEN / TEEN "SHOPPING EVENT" WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019.    We will send out the Event Flyer, and start accepting referrals & scheduling appointments for this event in January 2019.

Social Workers & CASAs  please email us ( to be added to our list, if you would like to make an appointment for the children you serve who are in transition or otherwise in need of clothing essentials.  We will email the link to the Event's GoogleDoc Referral Form about 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled event.   


Hope in a Suitcase hosts 8 - 12 free-of-charge Shopping Days per year, where ELIGIBLE youth , with a REFERRAL and CONFIRMED APPOINTMENT can come shop with our volunteers to choose for themselves the ALL NEW items they want and need.

Location:  Shopping Events are held at The Emporium:  Foster Resource & Literacy Center, located on Pico Blvd., just east of Fairfax.

Basic Essentials Received:   Click here for a Sample Menu of what youth can generally select from at our Shopping Events.  Please note that availability of items varies.


To be eligible for a Hope in a Suitcase Shopping Event children must:

1)  have an open case with DCFS;

2)  be between the ages of 9 - 17 (scroll down for younger siblings and TAY);

3)   be Referred by his or her Social Worker or CASA;

4)   have a Confirmed Appointment;

5)   be accompanied by a Caregiver or CASA.

At least 9 months must have passed since the child's prior visit to a Hope in a Suitcase "Shopping Event."  

The child(ren) AND a caregiver (or CASA) must be present in order to "shop."  Only children with a confirmed appointment and a caregiver will be admitted.  All Guests must sign and return the Waiver prior to entry. 

SOCIAL WORKERS and CASAs:  Refer a Child and Schedule an Appointment.

Hope in a Suitcase accepts referrals and schedules appointments for eligible youth through Social Workers & CASAs only.

If you are a Social Worker or CASA with a client in need of basic clothing essentials, email to receive the Referral & Appointment Link to our next Shopping Event and to be added to our outreach list for future Shopping Dates. 

Our goal is to provide a special and personalized experience for each of our Guests. Please understand that SPACE IS LIMITED.  Schedule early for first choice of times and dates.   

Referring parties, please use good judgement and refrain from referring children who have had a recent history of behavioral problems which require increased supervision, may not be comfortable in shopping environments or who may present a danger to themselves or other children.  If this is the case, please contact Hope in a Suitcase and arrangements can be made to ensure the child will receive a suitable, completed bag, to meet their needs.  

RESOURCE FAMILIES / FOSTER PARENTS:  If you are interested in attending one of our Shopping Events please check the eligibility requirements above.  Have the child's Social Worker or CASA email us at so that they can receive our Referral Form and schedule an Appointment.


Hope in a Suitcase's Tween & Teen Shopping events are focused on Tweens & Teens ages 9 - 17. 

Younger siblings ages 5 - 8 generally CAN be accommodated, IF they are also referred by the Social Worker AND if they are coming with an eligible Tween or Teen Guest (e.g. older sibling aged 9 - 17) who has a confirmed appointment.

Transition Age Youth (age 17/18 - approximately 24) who are in need of both casual and "wear to work" items and other essentials may make an appointment with our partners at the Emporium's TAY Boutique.  Guests at the TAY Boutique are not required to be accompanied by a caregiver.  To schedule a weekday appointment TAY Boutique, youth may email them directly at


Please forward the Emporium Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless Agreement accessed by the below link to the Guest family prior to the even, so that they have an opportunity to review it prior to arrival and entry.    No guests will be admitted without a signed Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless Agreement. Waivers will be available at the Event may be completed & signed upon arrival.    

Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless Agreement Waiver