Current Needs List

Project Hope for the Homeless relies on help from the community for needed supplies to help our shelter guests.

You may shop for some our most critical needs through our AMAZON WISH LIST and have items delivered directly to the shelter at


Due to the pandemic, our administrative offices are closed for the time being. We do accept in-person donations on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. Our staff is working remotely and checking messages.

Shelter Needs

  • Lunch chips (individually bagged)
  • Lunch meats and cheese
  • Gas cards ($25 or less)
  • NEW ONLY – Sweatpants and Sweatshirts (all sizes, men and women)
  • NEW ONLY – Athletic shorts
  • NEW ONLY – Pajama/scrub pants
  • Gallon size freezer/storage bags
  • Chewable antacids (Tums, Rolaids)
  • Hair brushes
  • Men’s deodorant (always get requests for Degree)
  • Foot powder/Gold Bond powder
  • 8 oz and 12 oz coffee cups with lids
  • 33 gallon sturdy trash bags
  • Laundry soap
  • Hand soaps
  • Lysol or disinfectant spray such as Seventh Generation Professional All-Purpose Cleaner (effective against COVID-19 virus)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Sandwich crackers with peanut butter or cheese filing
  • Pudding and fruit cups for lunches
  • Sugar
  • NEW ONLY – men’s T-shirts & long-sleeves L/XL/XXL
  • Peanut butter
  • Drink mixes (no red flavors please due to possible staining issues)
  • Bottled water
  • Boxes of Kleenex/tissues
  • Applesauce cups
  • Nutrigrain/Cereal bars
  • Boxed cereal
  • Toothpaste
  • Children’s drink boxes (i.e. Capri Sun)
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Shower flip flops/shoes men & women L & XL sizes
  • Large/XL vinyl or latex gloves
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Home Depot Gift Cards (for items needed to be purchased in the shelter)
  • Other gift cards (see list below)
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable Hot Cups 8-12 oz with lids
  • Ear plugs
  • Small size hand sanitizers
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Powdered Coffee Creamer
  • Styrofoam cups 8 oz
  • Disposable Cereal Bowls 12 oz or larger
  • Lunch snacks (granola bars, etc)
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Spoons
  • NEW ONLY – twin size fitted sheets
  • Large bottles of shampoo/conditioners/body washes
  • Hot cocoa
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee regular and decaf
  • Wash cloths and bath towels
  • Aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen
  • Adult and children’s cough syrup
  • AA, AAA, D size batteries
  • Cough drops
  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saran wrap
  • Women’s deodorant
  • Pine Sol or all purpose cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Floor cleaner
  • Air freshener (the automatic kind)
  • Small individual sized Kleenex packs
  • Hand warmers
  • Foot Warmers
  • NEW Women’s T-shirts & long-sleeves L/XL/XXL
  • NEW Women’s Clothing 3X
  • NEW Women’s & Men’s Underwear L/XL/XXL
  • Chapstick and/or Blistex
  • Q-tips
  • Copy Paper
  • Stamps
  • Scotch tape
  • Post-it notes (for check in)



  • Pots and pans
  • Silverware
  • Coffee Pots
  • Toasters
  • Small Garbage Can
  • Laundry Basket
  • Air Freshener
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Toilet Plunger
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop


Gift Cards

  • Gas cards ($25 or less)
  • Home Depot (for critical shelter needs that pop up from time to time)
  • Meijer store
  • Walmart
  • Giant Eagle
  • Subway
  • Local restaurants
  • Sam’s Club
  • Office Supply Stores
  • Fast Food Places ($5-$10)
  • Pizza Places
  • Laketran Bus Tokens


Popular Questions

Can I donate used clothing?

No. We are not accepting donations of used clothing at this time due to COVID-19 precautions.

Is my donation of goods tax-deductible?

Yes, it is! We provide a receipt for any items donated to the shelter.

Where and when can I drop off item donations?

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) we have changed our times temporarily. Donations can be dropped off to our shelter between 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays only. For safety reasons, we temporarily ask that you drop donations off at Door 1, ring the buzzer to request Bryan. He will record your information for acknowledgement purposes, then after you exit, he will bring in the donations.

How can I help Project Hope for the Homeless in other ways?

We appreciate any help that you can provide. A great way is to spread the word about Project Hope for the Homeless – tell your friends, neighbors, and your church! Also – spreading the word through social media and visiting our Facebook page is a great way to reach many people, and also keep you informed on our current needs.