Thank you for thinking of the youth and families experiencing homelessness right now in Peterborough.
None of our programs could run without donations from our community. If you are interested in making a one-time donation, or becoming a monthly donor, please click below:
We are also very happy to accept any of the following items on our wish list. They can be dropped off at 196 Brock St. – just buzz the street level entrance and a shelter worker will respond. Thank you!
Looking for our Holiday Wishlist? Scroll to the bottom of the page:)
When a young person comes to shelter, they very often have nothing. It’s nice to be able to give them what they need to maintain proper hygiene and stay comfortable, but we depend entirely on donations to provide this care. Help take care of these youth by donating any of the following:
- Underwear (new, all adult sizes)
- Weather-proof gloves and mitts
- Old cell phones (used is fine!)
- Laundry Soap
- Dish soap
- Cotton track pants (all sizes)
- Cotton hoodies (all sizes)
- Diapers and pull-ups (all sizes)
- Twin size fitted sheets (new only)
- Baby Wipes
- Water bottles (new)
- Pump hand soap
Please note: we can only accept unopened toiletries.
At our emergency shelter, we feed 30 people three meals/day. We also provide support to youth and families who are struggling in the community through our Food Box Program. For this reason, please consider donating non-perishable food to us at 196 Brock St. Items that we tend to need include:
- Baby formula
- School snack foods like juice boxes, peanut free bars/treats, fruit snacks
- Meal supplement drinks
- Peanut butter
- Granola bars
- Dried lentils
- Trail mix
- Vegetarian meat substitutes
- Soy or Oat milk
- Low sodium soup
- Low sodium tuna
- Low sodium crackers
- Coffee (ground or instant)
- Pasta sauce
- Cooking oils
- Other essential pantry items
- Grocery gift cards
Please note: We do accept and appreciate donations of fresh fruit and veg, dairy and meat products. If you can please call ahead. we will ensure we have fridge and freezer space.
For the RISE Youth Housing Program
Youth in our RISE Youth Housing Program are in their own place for the very first time. Often they join the program with a lot to overcome, but they’ve accomplished an important first step – they have a safe and supported place to live. We like to give young people entering the program the items that you tend to need to feel safe and comfortable. If you’re looking to help, here’s what we currently need.
- Single bedsheet sets
- Single comforters
- Single covers
- Gift cards
Please note: We cannot currently accept any used items. Household items and clothing that you may have to donate can be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Often with our clients, YES workers are the most involved adult in their lives. To help youth feel supported over the holidays, we like to be able to give them gifts they can really use, or will bring them joy. Some of the items that have been asked for this year are below. If you are inspired to support youth by purchasing a gift for them, this is a great list to choose from.
- Warm winter coats
- Bluetooth headphones
- Bluetooth speakers
- Hoodies and track pants (all sizes)
- Flip flops for the shelter shower
- Make-up and self care products
- Markers, watercolour paints, other art supplies
- Notebooks or journals
- Phone chargers
- Nail polish and nail hygiene sets
- Fidget Toys
- Gift cards to clothing shops (like Flavour, or Wildrock Outfitters)
- Gift cards to local restaurants (like Sam’s, Night Kitchen)
- Gift cards to cafes (like Cork and Bean, Black Honey or Kit Coffee)
- Gift cards to gaming and comic shops (like Iceman Video Games, Grey Guardian Games)
We encourage our supporters to shop local first and foremost! When not possible, our Amazon wish list is a handy way to support youth and families. Visit this online list that details items we’ve identified on Amazon required to support young people and families right now. Items purchased from this list will be delivered right to the door of the Emergency Shelter and we will distribute to those who need it most.
If you see something that you know you can easily purchase from a local business, please do that instead!
Important: we cannot currently accept any used/opened items, prepared or expired food at the shelter. Used clothing, housewares and furniture should be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.