homeless individual

Donation Opportunity!

May 4, 2021

Support Guild Clients by Donating Household Items!

Homelessness is a crisis. Here’s your chance to make a direct impact on those affected!

Our short ask is this: we are in need of “Welcome Home Kits” (or the money to make them!) for homeless clients that are moving into apartments and homes. 

The long version is that Guild’s WISH Team supports homeless community members and helps them get off the street and into stable, affordable housing. This new program anticipates the enrollment of 30-40 new clients in the next several months with the goal of securing permanent housing for individuals who were previously homeless. The WISH Team is looking for donations of “Welcome Home” kits in order to provide clients with some basic necessities on their move-in day. All new clients, being previously homeless, will move in directly off the streets with the few items on their back.

What To Include in a Kit (All Items Must be New):

Please include purchased items in an 18 Gallon Rubbermaid tub with a lid. These tubs can be purchased at Target for $9.99. Link here: Rubbermaid Storage Totes. These tubs make storage easier for distribution and will be reused by the clients for other purposes. *Your tub does not have to include every item on the list, any item(s) that you give will be impactful.

  • Either paper plates, bowls and cups, or 2 settings of plastic plates, bowls and cups
  • Silverware, either plastic or 2 settings of resuable silverware
  • Baking sheet
  • General use pot/pan
  • Larger utensils (big spoon, spatula, etc)
  • Can opener
  • A good knife
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Measuring cups
  • Food storage bags (sandwich, quart or gallon sizes)
  • Tin Foil
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish towel/tea towels
  • Dish drying mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower rings
  • One set of towels- body, face/hand
  • Bathmat
  • Cleaning products- toilet, multi-surface, and floor
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Sponges
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet Brush
  • Plunger
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Small trash can
  • Trash bags

Too Busy to Shop? You Can Still Help!

If you prefer to make a cash donation and have the WISH Team assemble a kit for you, we would be happy to accept your help that way! The approximate cost to purchase everything on the list is estimated at $250, but we are happy to accept any donation amount towards this need! Please mail cash or checks to ATTN: Accounting, 122 Wabasha St. S., Suite 400, Saint Paul, MN 55107.

If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact George Broostin at 651-470-7343 or gbroostin@guildservices.org.

How to Drop Off Your Kit:

You can drop off your assembled kit on Thursday, May 6th from 3-5PM or Tuesday, May 25th from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. The drop-off location is our main office building located at 122 Wabasha St. S., Suite 400, Saint Paul, MN 55107. Drop-off will be at the loading dock door, on the Fillmore Ave side of the building.

On behalf of our staff and clients, thank you!