Donate Goods

our greatest needs

The list below is updated regularly based on Shelter House’s most needed items:

  • Deodorant
  • Diapers (greatest needs are size 4 and medium/large Depends)
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Iowa City/Coralville bus passes or strip tickets
  • Facial Tissue
  • Laundry detergent (high efficiency and regular)

In addition to these greatest needs, we accept the following donations:

  • Toilet paper
  • Blankets
  • Ear plugs
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Phone cards & cell phones with minutes plan (ie Tracfone)
  • Over-the-counter medications:
    • Antihistamine
    • Sinus Medication
    • Acetaminophen
    • DayQuil
  • Men and women work clothes (particularly white shirts and black pants)
  • Steel-toed boots
  • PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept chlorine bleach

Due to our very limited storage capacity, please check directly with Alex Stanton, our Communications Coordinator before bringing any other items to Shelter House:

Alex Stanton: 319-338-5416 x207 or

Donations should be dropped off at Shelter House (429 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City)

Monday thru Friday between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Items that cannot be accepted may be taken to Stuff Etc. for the Shelter House account or taken to Habitat for Humanity Restore



Donations to the low-barrier Winter Emergency Shelter


Shelter House operates a licensed commercial kitchen. Due to the strict nature of that license, we are unable to take many food donations.

Please call the shelter at 319-331-0326 and speak to Kim, our Kitchen Manager, In-Kind Donations  if you have food to donate.