Thank you for opening this link. As with any charitable act, we ask that you pray for guidance before deciding if we are a cause you can help with. We are a small group of people who help others. We identify and qualify those who need help. If you need help, please send an email telling us about you and your needs. You must not be using drugs, must be sober and currently, must not smoke cigarettes. You will be tested at our expense. You must be employable or on SSDI or a disabled military vet. Finally, you must be trying. You must be registered with a homeless shelter or just obtained an apartment. We will help with odds and ends, but cannot pay rent or utility bills. Our help is inconsistent and mainly comes from local angels who feel moved to help. With that said ...
Locals with the gift of helping are needed for short-term assistance. You will be helping people trying to help themselves. They are not on drugs, are not drinking booze or smoking cigarettes. They either have a job or are on SSDI because of bad health or military service.
Right now, our needs for most clothes, blankets, backpacks and furniture are met! Thanks to God and helpers. What is needed are food and toiletries. We do pick-ups at the grocery store, your place of employment, your home or a post office or bank. We want to make it easy on you to contribute, but we cannot spend $5 of gas to pick-up $3 of food. Please understand. Thanks.
Needed items (Dollar Tree or Walmart is fine):
Toilet Paper and napkins
Toothpaste/tooth brush and dental floss
Bandages and triple anti-biotic
Laundry Soap (pods preferred as we can share)
Aftershave, Cologne (bonus items not needed, but we all like to smell good .. and cologne can be used)
Fresh Fruit -- big need as you rarely see a homeless person eating an apple or orange! Also helpful are fruit cups.
One loaf of bread with two packages of lunch meat (or one large package).
$5 gift cards to fast food places. Please limit the amount to $5 as this is one meal.
Squeezable bottles of mustard and miracle whip.
Frozen tv dinners -- yes, we have the ability to microwave, but no oven baking. Thanks.
Almond milk and cereal. Many adults are lactose intolerant so we stick with almond milk.
Snacks! This is a treat and not needed, but a snack always makes people feel better. Home backed snacks are cheap to make!
Unexpired meats -- this is important as we have thrown away some putrid, rotten meat -- and being homeless and sick is just about the worst feeling!
No canned veggies, sorry. They can be helpful, but a stove is not available. Sometimes there are small veggie trays with a dressing being sold -- these are helpful.
A cooler on wheels
A case or package of bottled water -- good water is hard to find when you're homeless
A restaurant treat: a $10 gift card to a restaurant that has a lunch buffet like Golden Coral or Country Buffet or a Chinese lunch buffet or even the Olive Garden or other chains that offer lunch.
A van or car that runs great (it can look ugly)
A $20 gift card to Walmart
Socks and underwear for adult men are the only needed clothes. Most needed are warm socks and underwear that will fit 32-34 and 36-38.
A cane or walking stick for a tall person.
Inspirational materials: a bible or New Testament. No dvds or cds (cannot use, lol).
Phone cards -- so very, very important. Please consider $5 or $10 cards. Sometimes a phone call can change someone's life!
Small garbage bags
A knit hat, scarf and warm gloves. There is about 2 more months of cold weather and this is very needed. New or gently used. Thanks.
Something you really want to donate that we forgot. Please make it edible or practical. These folks do not need nic-nacs or decorations or toys or jewelry. Thanks.
We do not have the funds to form a 501-C3 charity or to acquire a store front. Therefore, we cannot give you a tax receipt to use as a deduction on taxes. Sorry. Because we are individuals, we do not want drop-offs at our home. Also, we use email for initial contacts as we only have our home phones and do wish to publish them. Believe it or not, people "phish" posts for phone numbers and then call to solicit for whatever they're selling. We haven't the time and wish not to put ourselves in that situation when our desire is to help others. Please consider and email us to pick-up items. Thank you.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers