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Greatest Needs

Help meet our clients’ most basic needs

Donations may be dropped off at Shelter House, 429 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City, Monday thru Friday between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Due to limited storage capacity, please contact Shelter House at (319) 351-0326 prior to bringing donated items to Shelter House. Or complete the inquiry form on our Contact Us page.

Additional questions? Contact Crystal Primus, Donor Relations Coordinator, at (319) 338-5416 ext. 207.

Considering food donations? Shelter House operates a licensed commercial kitchen. Due to the strict nature of our license, we are unable to take many food donations. If you’d like to donate food, contact Cartis Washington, Kitchen Manager, for information on what food and non-food items are acceptable.

Current Greatest Needs

  • NEW Toilet brushes & plungers (for Cross Park Place)
  • Bus passes (for job seekers)
  • Coats, jackets
  • Pillows
  • Pots, pans, cooking utensils, bowls, and cups
  • Key rings/lanyards
  • Fitted twin sized sheets
  • Pocket calendars/planners (for job seekers)

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept chlorine bleach

Everyday Needs

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Kleenex
  • Blankets
  • Ear plugs
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Over-the-counter medications: antihistamines, sinus medication, acetaminophen, DayQuil
  • Men and women’s work clothes (particularly white shirts and black pants)
  • Steel-toed boots

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