Most of those we serve have limited incomes and often need help with basic necessities once they secure housing. Help give them a warm welcome into their new home with some basic household items to get them started. Here are three ways you can help:
1. MAKE A KIT
Get together with family, friends, or co-workers and put together a kit, or two, or ten! Each kit will go directly to someone moving into their new home. Click HERE to download a shopping list (PDF)
2. FUND A KIT
No time to shop? Let us do it for you! Make a contribution to fund a kit. Every gift, no matter how large or small, makes a difference.* Click HERE to fund a Kit!
3. GIVE A GIFT CARD
Gift cards to Big Lots, Family Dollar Stores, K-Mart, Dollar Tree and Walmart are a great way to help. They can be used to purchase household items for kits.
A Full Welcome Kit consists of one of each of the four options below. (Approx. cost: $250).
CLEANING KIT (Approx. Cost $30)
Bucket, Mop, Broom, Duster, Dust Pan, Laundry Soap, Laundry Basket, Dish Washing Liquid, Window Cleaner, Powder Cleanser, Sponges, Cleaning Rags
BATHROOM KIT (Approx. Cost $50)
Shower Curtain, Garbage Pail, Rug, Bath Towels, Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
BEDROOM KIT (Approx. Cost $75)
Twin Sheet Set, Comforter, Pillow, Bed (approx. $45-50 when purchased at Helping Hands with a Columbus House case manager)
KITCHEN KIT (Approx. Cost $95)
Dish Rack, Dish Towels, Pot Holders, Dish Soap, Paper Towels, Plastic Cups, Plates, Pots/Pans, Cooking Utensils, Flatware, Can Opener, Garbage Pail
SCHEDULE A DROP OFF:
For more information or questions, please contact Sheree at (203) 401-4400, ext. 138
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also CLICK HERE to Fund a Kit online!
* Funds received through the Welcome Kit Initiative will be used for the above referenced items as well as for other costs that may be related to a client settling in to a home of their own including but not limited to: moving costs, delivery & storage fees, furniture, clothing, sundries, and other basic-need items as deemed necessary by Columbus House case managers based on each client’s unique situation.