Current Needs List

Project Hope for the Homeless located at 25 Freedom Road in Painesville Township, Ohio, 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 have limited hours open to the public. We do accept in-person donations on Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. Please come to Door No. 2 and ring the buzzer and a staff member will assist you with receiving your donation. Our staff is working in the office and remotely on a hybrid basis, and we are checking messages.

Adventure Subaru at 1991 Mentor Avenue in Painesville Township, Ohio, also is an official donation drop-off site for Project Hope for the Homeless, just visit them when they are open for business.

Shelter Needs

  • 8-12 oz Styrofoam coffee cups
  • 12 oz disposable bowls
  • NEW ONLY – Men’s boxers (L, XL, 2XL+)
  • NEW ONLY – Men’s short sleeve T-shirts (L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • Men’s shower shoes (all sizes)
  • Home Depot gift cards (for items needed to be purchased in the shelter)
  • NEW ONLY – Pillow cases
  • No-tears shampoo, conditioner, body washes (for little kids)
  • Butter
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese slices
  • Children’s drink boxes (i.e. Capri Sun)
  • Lunch chips (individually bagged)
  • Honey
  • Gallon size freezer/storage bags
  • Fabreze air freshener (or similar)
  • Bottled water
  • Drink mixes (no iced tea, and no red flavors please due to possible staining issues)
  • Regular coffee
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Coffee creamer
  • 33-gallon (not 30-gallon) sturdy trash bags
  • Latex gloves – large
  • General all-purpose cleaners in spray bottles
  • 16 oz cereal bowls
  • Diapers sizes
  • Spoons
  • Ranch dressing
  • K-cups coffee pods
  • Napkins
  • 8 oz disposable coffee cups with lids
  • 12 oz disposable paper cups with lids
  • Decaf coffee
  • Hand warmers
  • Foot Warmers
  • Chapstick and/or Blistex
  • Sugar
  • NEW ONLY Women’s T-shirts & long-sleeves L/XL/XXL
  • NEW ONLY Women’s Clothing 3X
  • NEW ONLY Women’s & Men’s Underwear L/XL/XXL
  • Lysol or disinfectant spray such as Seventh Generation Professional All-Purpose Cleaner (effective against COVID-19 virus)
  • Lunch snacks (granola bars, etc)
  • Sandwich crackers with peanut butter or cheese filing
  • Pudding and fruit cups for lunches
  • Applesauce cups
  • Nutrigrain/Cereal bars
  • Toothpaste
  • NEW ONLY – Long sleeve thermal undershirts (large and XL)
  • NEW ONLY – Long sleeve thermal underwear (large and XL)
  • NEW ONLY – Sweatpants and Sweatshirts (all sizes, men and women)
  • NEW ONLY – Athletic shorts
  • NEW ONLY – Pajama/scrub pants
  • Gas cards ($25 or less)
  • Meijer’s Store gift cards
  • AA, AAA, D size batteries
  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Chewable antacids (Tums, Rolaids)
  • Hair brushes
  • Men’s deodorant (always get requests for Degree)
  • Foot powder/Gold Bond powder
  • Laundry soap
  • Hand soaps
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxes of Kleenex/tissues
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Shower flip flops/shoes men & women L & XL sizes
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Other gift cards (see list below)
  • Paper towels
  • Ear plugs
  • Small size hand sanitizers
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Powdered Coffee Creamer
  • NEW ONLY – twin size fitted sheets
  • Large bottles of shampoo/conditioners/body washes
  • Hot cocoa
  • Tea bags
  • Wash cloths and bath towels
  • Aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen
  • Adult and children’s cough syrup
  • 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
  • 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. We recommend donating used clothing to the Hope Chest of Lake County located at 1 Victoria Place, Suite 321, in downtown Painesville, where our guests are able to shop for clothing there for free. Visit the Hope Chest of Lake County’s website at: to learn more about what they accept and when they accept donations.

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, located at 25 Freedom Road in Painesville Township, Ohio, between 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays only. For safety reasons, we ask that you come to Door 2, and then ring the buzzer to alert a staff member, who will assist you in receiving your donation.

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.