Catherine's Community Closet ("The Closet") started in 1986 with an epiphany in my walk-in closet. I realized that not-for-profits, businesses, and community members needed items for charitable events and entertaining.


Since my spouse Bob and I entertained quite a bit, we had many items that could be used to start our mission. It was in 2010 when my grandmother, Catherin De Matte Flaim, passed away and left me an inheritance to "continue to do good."


With these funds, I had immensely built up inventory at which time Plymouth Place in LaGrange, IL graciously donated two cottages in 2014 to store our products and meet with clients.

Sharon Flaim
Co-Founder & Director

Catherine's Community Closet Partners


Plymouth Place is a local landmark in Chicago's western suburbs with a decades-long reputation for exceptional senior living options, care, and service. By combining our senior community's tradition of quality with the peace of mind of life care. They have created an exciting new option designed to appeal to the discerning preferences of today's progressive seniors. The Closet wouldn't be in existence without their generosity.

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The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2000 by area business leaders. The Chamber Foundation is also a partner in this endeavor. They are helping with getting the word out to Chamber members and the community. We are incredibly grateful for their support.

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