Thanks for thinking of us! Here are the items we currently need to support the youth and families who use our services:
Bus passes (urgent) – youth often need to get to appointments, job interviews, and shifts across town, and this can be difficult in the winter. Bus passes help these youth get where they need to be.
Gift cards (urgent) – when youth in shelter or youth housing do a great job, like on a test at school, or at their chores around the shelter, we like to be able to reward them with small gift cards.
Colourful markers – we like to keep markers and journals handy do give youth and families an artist outlet. It can be a super helpful and healing way to spend time.
Blank journals and sketchbooks – we like to keep markers and journals handy do give youth and families an artist outlet. It can be a super helpful and healing way to spend time.
New Wreck this Journal(s) – the youth in our programs respond really well to ‘Wreck this Journal”s, so when possible, we like to give these to young people.
Baby monitors – families in shelter need to be able to put their children down to nap and baby monitors can assist with this, when there are children of multiple ages in a family staying in shelter.
New slippers – youth and families in shelter need something on their feet at all times in shelter and in the winter, slippers are a comfortable way to protect their feet.
New flip-flops – youth and families in shelter need something on their feet when taking showers and flip flops work well, so we like to provide these when people arrive.
All-purpose cleaner – as you can imagine, there’s a lot of cleaning to be done around the shelter all the time. This is a very useful contribution.
Disinfectant wipes – as you can imagine, there’s a lot of cleaning to be done around the shelter all the time. This is a very useful contribution.
Laundry detergent – we have washers and dryers for people staying at the shelter to use, but always need detergent. It’s super important for residents to be able to keep their clothes clean.
At our emergency shelter, we feed 30 people three meals/day. We also have a food box program for YES clients living in the community. For this reason, we are always looking for food donations.
- Peanut butter
- Powdered milk
- Toilet paper
This online list details items we’ve identified on Amazon that we need at the shelter or in our Rise Youth Housing Program. Just follow the link and the items purchased will be delivered right to the door of the emergency shelter.
Please note: it’s tough for us to take anything and everything that people might wish to donate because we have very little storage space in the shelter. For that reason, we’re hoping people can help us by providing only the wish list items. Thanks!