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.
When a young person comes to shelter, they very often have nothing. It is nice to be able to give them what they need to maintain proper hygiene, but we depend entirely on donations to provide this care. Help take care of these youth by donating any of the following:
- Cotton track pants (all sizes)
- Cotton hoodies (all sizes)
- New underwear (all types and sizes needed)
- Weatherproof winter gloves
- Water bottles (new)
- Sunscreen (we never have enough in the summer!)
- Disposable razors
- Body wash
- Hair brushes
- Gift cards
Please note: we can only accept unopened toiletries and we are currently at capacity for pads, tampons, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
At our emergency shelter, we feed 20 people three meals/day. We also provide support to youth and families who are struggling in the community. For this reason, please consider donating non-perishable food to us at 196 Brock St. Items that we tend to need include:
- Meal supplement drinks
- Peanut butter
- Canned soup and stews
- Granola bars
- Coffee (ground or instant)
- Powdered milk
- Pasta sauce
- 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 duvets/comforters
- Single duvet 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.
Holiday Gifts for Youth in Shelter and Supported Housing
The holidays tend to be extra hard for young people who are entirely separated or estranged from their family. Also, it’s really nice to show people who are struggling that they are not alone – that people care, and have their back.
We’ve asking our clients what they would appreciate over the holidays as gifts and here’s what we’ve heard back*:
- Hoodies (all sizes)
- Track pants (all sizes)
- Yoga pants (all sizes)
- Winter boots – adult sizes
- Pajamas (all sizes)
- Underwear (all sizes)
- Children’s colouring books
- Magic the Gathering Cards
- Pokemon Cards
- Starter Tool Kit
- Bluetooth speakers
- Bath bombs
- Cosmetics kits
- Manicure kits
- Men’s Grooming kits
- Gift Cards for any local Peterborough retail business (especially coffee shops, gaming stores, clothing stores, book stores, nail salons)
- Art and craft supplies (paints, canvas’, crafting kits)
- Books specifically requested by youth for Christmas (these can be used!): Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Tim Dorsey, Lora Leigh (Breed Series), Veronica Roth (Divergent Series), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson Series), Friedrich Nietzsche, Carrie Underwood (Find your Path), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto)
***We’ll update this list as we hear back from more youth and families over November and December and take off items that we receive.
Important: we cannot currently accept any used clothing or items at the shelter. Used clothing, housewares and furniture should be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
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 so!
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.