Bobbi Jo Fleming
The Clothesline is a unique organization in that it provides free clothing and household items to those community members who need it, whether it be a one time crisis, emergency, disaster or to those community members who need the help longer term. Some of these individuals have given back to the Clothesline in the form of donating clothing or their time. I have heard stories to the effect of, "I needed your help once and now I try to give back when I can." It is also unique in the fact that the Owatonna community has supported this organization for over 50 years in the form of clothing and household donations, monetary donations, and volunteering time at the store. Some people do have the misconception that the Steele County Clothesline receives funding from Steele County itself. That is not the case. The organization in large part has been able to keep its doors open due to the generosity of the community.