Homefull is in need of household donations to help individuals and families transition from homelessness to housing. Make a Difference readers are being asked to donate items for this “starter kit.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Donate household items to support homeless support agency

Homefull works to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education.

The nonprofit offers a comprehensive continuum of care and services — from homelessness prevention to permanent housing. The organization is part of a network of services in Montgomery County designed to help people help themselves.

“Homefull is in its 29th year of providing services to single adults and families with children who are either at risk of homelessness, currently homeless, or previously homeless,” says CEO Tina Patterson. “We provide services to approximately 4,500 people in Dayton and Montgomery County in any given year through one of our programs.”

Patterson says her organization also operates a social enterprise – Homefull Solutions – that provides job training and employment opportunities for clients. The training and technical assistance division – Homefull Innovations – works with and trains non-profits locally and across the country to build their capacity and help them set up a successful service structure to improve their community

“As the needs of a most vulnerable population changes, we are so grateful for everyone’s continued support so that we can provide the thousands in our community who are facing homelessness the critical services they need,” Patterson says.

Homefull is in need of household donations to help individuals and families transition from homelessness to housing. “Starter kits” are help every family and single individual who is moving out of the homeless shelter into new housing in the community.

Each starter kit is equipped with household items needed to set up a new home cost effectively.

Homefull’s “Starter Kit” Wish List:

  • Retailer gift cards: Kroger, Walmart, Meijer, Target
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Cleaning products
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Razors, shaving cream
  • New bed linens
  • New bath towels

Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Homefull’s Administrative Offices located at 33 W. First St. Ste. 100 Dayton, OH 45402.

ANOTHER WAY TO HELP:

A fundraiser for the organization, “Nite at the Races,” is slated for 9-11 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the Homefull office.

“Nite at the Races” will feature virtual horse racing as well as black jack,. Donation is $25 and includes includes food, drinks (beer, pop and water), and your first bet.

For more information, see www.homefull.org/niteattheraces or call Carly Hall at ( 937) 293-1945 ext. 530.

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