You can help give the gift of a real
home for the holidays!
Fill homes with warmth this holiday season by hosting a donation drive at your business, church or community group or giving a donation. Donations support families escaping homelessness and transitioning to their own homes.
The table below shows the items and quantities (in parenthesis) each family needs. Select category A, B or C and the number of families you can support. Then email Christopher Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group.
No time to organize a drive? No problem!
Our team can do the shopping for you. Simply pick one of these giving levels then complete the donation form below.
Start Up Pack – $250
Cleaning, hygiene and toiletry supplies
Basic kitchen and cookware
Home Pack – $475
Everything included in Start Up Pack PLUS:
Beds with mattresses
Dining table and chairs
A real story: Leesa's
Not long ago, Leesa and her two children were living in a car, moving from parking lot to parking lot trying to stay safe at night. Leesa desperately wanted more for her children – safety, warm meals, bedtime stories – a real home. She wanted to be a mother with a living-wage job who could provide the stability children so need.
Fortunately, she found Clarissa at the Center for Transforming Lives. Clarissa enrolled Leesa’s youngest in Pre-K at a CTL Child Development Center, and found the small family an apartment.
The Center told Leesa that within six months she would have to make the rent and utility payments on her own. It would be hard work, but Leesa knew what was possible. And she was ready. Ready to work. Ready to provide for her children. Ready to be self-sufficient. Plus, CTL would provide counseling, job-readiness training and parenting classes.
On a rainy day in October, Clarissa helped move Leesa and her children to the apartment. It didn’t take long. All the family owned was in the trunk of a car. Some clothes and shoes. Two blankets. Some non-perishable food. No towels, no cookware. No furniture. No beds, not even a mattress. The apartment was filled only with the echo of little feet.
In their new home, Leesa and her children were safe and warm, but an empty apartment is a tough way to start over. Can you imagine bringing home your first bag of groceries only to remember you don’t own a skillet? Or shower without a towel? Or tuck your children into bed, but on the floor?
This was Leesa’s reality.
You can change this reality. You can provide a better start for families recovering from homelessness. A few weeks of basic necessities for families like Lisa’s will ensure these families have a real home for the holidays.
Clarissa and the Center helped move 15 families from homelessness to empty apartments this fall.
Will you join us? You can help homeless moms and children by filling these apartments with basic necessities such as towels, a skillet, twin beds, cleaning supplies.
You can give the gift a real home for the holidays this year.