Kadens Kloset is an independent entity that Decorah Covenant Church supports and partners with. It is a 100% volunteer and donation run not-for-profit organization that exists to provide services and necessities for foster and adoptive children and families and children in need within our communities and beyond. Kadens Kloset gives EVERY individual a way to positively engage in community partnership! Through donations of shoes, clothing, toiletries, necessities, furniture, and outerwear, we create an opportunity for communities and individuals to build relationships and share resources. We have seen so many areas positively impacted after launching a local Kadens Kloset, and we know the best way to change our communities long term is by focusing on the most vulnerable among us, our children!!
Location: "Warehouse" building at DCC (115 Washington St).
Kadens Kloset - Decorah Director
Hello! My name is Heidi Pechota. My husband Dominic and I have four children Will, 17; Jalen, 11; Colin, 8; Lucy, 2; and our house greeter, our fur baby, Russy. I first became interested in Kadens Kloset after being referred by the Department of Human Services while searching for a place to donate my clothes to those in foster care. My son's grandmother Christy, who had fostered over fifty children, had shared stories with me of children coming to her house with only a garbage sack of clothing. And most of the time, the items had to be thrown out. Before Christy passed away she said to me, "I hope I made a difference.”
I knew she had made such an impact on the children she had fostered, adopted, and on me as well. That's when I contacted Krystal, the founder of Kadens Kloset. And shortly after, I was volunteering at the Kadens Kloset store in Waterloo. I was compelled by all the love that had gone into the organization and knew that this was exactly what these children needed. I later became the development director until we moved to Decorah in 2017. I've since missed seeing the joy in kids’ faces as they shop and being of help to those in need. I am thrilled to be back with Kadens Kloset!