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Greatest Needs

Help meet our guests’ most basic needs

Donations for all Shelter House programs including Emergency Shelter, Winter Shelter, Fairweather Lodge, and Cross Park Place may be dropped off at Shelter House, 429 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City.

Due to limited storage capacity, please contact us at (319) 351-0326 or complete the inquiry form on our Contact Us page prior to bringing donated items to Shelter House. As a result of increased activity within the shelter and front desk, the best time to drop off donations is between 10am – 4pm 7 days/week; however, we’re staffed 24/7. This will allow time to receive and process donations efficiently.

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.

DONATE Cash donations are also welcome which allow us to purchase needed items that we don’t receive or are able to purchase for less.

Current Greatest Needs

  • Bus passes (for job seekers)
  • Men’s jeans & pants (SIZE 30-36 WAIST)
  • NEW underwear
  • Men’s & women’s shorts
  • Men’s & women’s sandals
  • Deodorant

Drop-in Services

    • Toilet paper
    • Laundry detergent
    • Shampoo (full sized bottles)

Move Outs

    • Blankets
    • Cups, plates, bowls
    • Silverware

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept chlorine bleach

Everyday Needs

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Kleenex
  • 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. at 851 Hwy 6 E, Ste 103, Iowa City, IA (in the old Kmart building) with proceeds deposited into the Shelter House account or donated to Habitat for Humanity Restore

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