Archie's Promise
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4321 Woodbury Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Organization Details



Archie's Promise provides affordable formal and business wear and free hygiene products to economically disadvantaged families and displaced youth and adults. We enable our clients to build up their confidence and self-esteem by making formal wear and hygiene products affordable and accessible for them.


Archie's Promise is named after Claressa Ham's late grandfather, Archie Hughes. Mrs. Ham's late grandfather was a big inspiration in her life and early on she knew she wanted to give back to the community the way he had when he was living. Mr. Hughes found his passion in cars and would often use his skills to repair what needed fixing for free when friends were in need. At the young age of 12 years old, Mrs. Ham has a vivid memory of sitting on her grandfather's lap telling him, "I want to be just like you when I grow up." Mrs. Ham promised her grandfather that she would help the community like he did when she was older. Mrs. Ham's promise grew into Archie's Promise, a local nonprofit that recycles donated formal and business clothes to help people in need. In January 2015, Archie's Promise opened a thrift store called the Archie & Idalene Formal Shoppe. Idalene is Mrs. Ham's grandmother and she felt that including her in the thrift shop's name would help pay tribute to her as well.


Archie's Promise is a 501 © (3) organization that began with the simple mission to help individuals and families, whether that help is providing formal wear donations for special needs prom, assisting individuals with attire for interviews and accepting business and formal wear donations then reselling at a discounted price. Archie's Promise reaches out to the community and takes the financial burden off individuals and families when shopping for a business causal, semi-formal, or formal event. In January 2015, Archie's Promise opened a thrift store called the Archie & Idalene Formal Shoppe.


About 7.4% of Tennessee's workforce earns at or below the minimum wage, the highest proportion to minimum wage workers in the country, according to the new report from Bureau of Labor Statistic (Williams, 2014) According to "National Center for Children in Poverty" (2014), "In the state of Tennessee, 25% of children live in poor families, 3% above the national average. 63% of children in Tennessee live in poor families with a single parent. The Middle Point land field is going to close in 15 years or less, unless the trash drastically decreases. Sooner than later recycling will be mandated, so now is a great time to start. Recycling is a must. Archie's Promise is a nonprofit organization built with a strong foundation geared toward helping individuals not feel like their circumstance. Throughout life individuals and families go through hardships that change their life and we are here as an organization to build up self-esteem which in turn enhances performance in life. "Appearance is one of the most prominent ways to display and reinforce a self-concept" (Sproles & Burns, 1994, p. 209). Our current needs include year-around dedication volunteers, assistance with operational expenses, knowledgeable board members, and program assistance.

CEO Statement

I, Claressa Ham as the Executive Director of Archie's Promise have a strong passion for improving the organization and conducting business in accordance with federal guidelines. I strive to expand program outreach and development and take the organization to the next level. Archie's Promise is a long-standing non-profit in Murfreesboro, TN. with a solid reputation. We strive on serving our community and help young girls and women feel empowered.
We are always in search of dedicated volunteers who are willing to help us fulfill our mission.

Service Categories

Primary Category: Public & Societal Benefit  - Public & Societal Benefit NEC 
Secondary Category: Unknown  -  
Tertiary Category: -

Areas Served

The geographic areas of focus are low-income citizens in Murfreesboro, TN (Rutherford County) including other counties within the state of Tennessee.

TN - Davidson
TN - Williamson
TN - Cannon
TN - Rutherford