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Your gift provides a family with a path to permanent housing, emotional support, and a connection to the skills and community resources they need to remain in their home long-term. It also provides temporary shelter and short-term financial assistance, when needed. Please consider making an online gift today. The process is secure and easy, and your gift makes an immediate impact on our budget and services.


Special Donation Opportunities for Fall 2017

Don’t miss new ways to support families experiencing homelessness by donating items or services to our Night in Old Havana silent auction. Learn more.

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Donate Items

When a family experiences homelessness, in many circumstances, they have only the clothing on their back and few, precious possessions in a bag. You can help to ensure that these individuals have the items they need to set up their new home and the clothing needed to wear to work or to school. Housing Families First depends on the generous support of groups and individuals who donate items for the families we serve.


What would you need to set up a new home if you started from scratch? That’s what we need when families transition out of homelessness into their new home. We welcome sofas, chairs, coffee and end tables, beds, gently used mattresses, chests of drawers, kitchen tables and chairs, kitchen appliances, washers/dryers, and other furniture items.

You and your friends, or members of a group to which you belong, may want to sponsor a family. When a family prepares to move into a new home, you and your team will work together to collect all of the items needed to furnish their new home. This is a great project for families or groups. To find out more, please call 804.236.5800, ext. 24.

To see a list of items, click below.

Items Needed


Would you like to share your time to help families get back on their feet? Housing Families First has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that give you a chance to make a difference in the lives of families exiting homelessness. Opportunities for individuals, families and groups of all skill levels are available. To find out about volunteer opportunities, contact Terri Iguina, Operations and Volunteer Manager, at or 804-236-5800, ext. 24.


Do you enjoy cooking? Hilliard House welcomes groups to prepare and serve dinner for our residents. This is a wonderful opportunity to make our residents feel special!

This program invites individuals or groups to provide a prepared meal for up to 30 people (about 10 adults and 20 children), and additional food for the volunteers in your group. During the week, volunteers arrive at 5:00pm to set the table and prepare to serve dinner at 5:30pm.


Do you like to chat with kids and adults of all ages? Are you a great troubleshooter? Weekend Warrior are lead volunteers that greet donors, put away donations, interact with and serve as a resource to residents, conduct shelter walk-throughs to monitor facility security and safety, and occasionally supervise weekend volunteer groups. This position works with the on-call, full-time staff via phone, if staff consultation is needed on site. Our Weekend Warriors enable Housing Families First to accommodate more Saturday and Sunday volunteer groups, as well as give additional support to families in the shelter.


Do you like to organize? When we receive gifts of clothing, volunteers help by organizing the donations. This makes it easier for the parents and children we serve to find clothing they need. Hours for this opportunity are Monday-Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. 


Are you looking for a speaker for your club, organization, business or place of worship? Housing Families First will provide a customized presentation to your address your specific areas of interest. 


We know it’s sometimes hard to get the whole group to our facility. Here’s a project that can be done at your facility or home! Housing Families First welcomes our clients with decorated snack bags. Below are directions on how you can create these bags for new residents.

Items Needed: Brown or white paper lunch bags, arts supplies, a drink, and individually packaged snacks.

Directions: Volunteers decorate the outside of bags with messages of hope, drawings and/or stickers. Then volunteers fill the bags with a drink and snacks. Last year, Housing Families First welcomed 243 people into our program. We expect to welcome that many people and more this year and would love to give each of them a snack bag!

Here’s a flyer to share with your friends, family and fellow volunteers.