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What to Bring

When a new resident is admitted to Excelsior, she should have an adequate and appropriate wardrobe. All clothing must be the correct size. All items should be carefully marked or labeled with the girl's name or initials. Each client is responsible for maintenance and secure storage of her own personal belongings and clothing while at Excelsior. Hygiene supplies and personal belongings will be limited to storage space available in the client's bedroom dresser and closet space in a neat, orderly manner.

During intake, each girl is given at least three sets of the school uniform to be worn during school hours. Girls also receive towels, washcloths, bedding and basic hygiene items.

Lists of what to bring to Excelsior

  • 2-4 nightgowns/pajamas/sleepwear
  • 1-2 nice outfits
  • 1 bathrobe
  • 4 pairs of pants/jeans/shorts
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 1 winter coat
  • 7-10 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of shower shoes/flip flops
  • 2-3 sweaters/jackets/sweatshirts
  • 3-5 bras
  • 2-3 pairs of shoes
  • 7-10 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair mittens/gloves
  • 7 shirts
Basic personal supplies only (limited to one each):
  • Shampoo
  • Hair conditioning product
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Non-menthol lip balm
Contact the Treatment Coordinator before sending any other hygiene items.

Optional items
Some of the following may be kept in the staff office and made available with staff permission and supervision:
  • Radio /CD or tape player; CDs or tapes (no more than 10)
  • MP3 players without video or audio recording capabilities
  • Make-up
  • Stuffed animals (no more than 5)
  • Electric shaver
  • Posters/pictures (limited to wall space of 3x3)
Not allowed
  • Belts, sashes or cords in sweatpants, hoods, etc.
  • Cell phones
  • DVD players, televisions or other expensive electronics
  • Items of major value (monetary or personal)
  • iPods and MP3 players must play music only, and have no video or sound recording capability to ensure confidentiality for all clients
  • Aerosol containers or items containing alcohol
  • Cigarettes, matches or lighters
  • Chemical products such as depilatories, hair permanents or relaxes
  • Glass, i.e. mirrors, compacts with mirrors, vases and containers
  • Razors, including make-up and pencil sharpeners
  • Knives, tweezers or other items deemed potentially dangerous
  • School supplies (Excelsior will provide)