Maria Shelter is a 50-bed interim shelter in the Englewood community for primarily for homeless women and their children.
Each year, the facility provides food, shelter and programs to promote health and wellness and self-sufficiency for more than 200 women and children.
Donations Needed: ALWAYS NEEDED
Our residents are always in need of Chicago bus passes. Residents use them to go to medical appointments, job interviews and jobs, and go to school.
KITCHEN SUPPLIES / FOOD
Silverware, Cups, Dishes
Paper plates, paper cups, plastic silverware
Gift certificates to Target, Jewel, Walmart
Plastic storage bags of all sizes
Spices and seasonings
Food items such as rice, beans, spaghetti, soup, cereal, flour, sugar, tuna, etc.
Sponges, SOS pads, etc.
Pine-sol, Lysol, etc.
Mops, brooms, pails
Sheets, especiallly twin sheets
Washable Twin Comforters/Bedspreads
Pillows for twin beds and pillowcases
Waste paper baskets
Rubbermaid Storage containers
Gift certificates to Target or Walmart
Bath towels and hand towels
Feminine hygiene items
Deodorant (both women and men)
Shampoo, Bar Soap
Hats and Gloves
Gift certificates to Target, Walmart or Jewel
Diapers (all sizes)
Wipes and Creams
High Chairs in good condition
PROGRAM AND OFFICE SUPPLIES
Art Supplies of any kind including paints, paintbrushes
Paper (all kinds and colors)
Pens, Pencils, Markers
Supplies for sewing, knitting, quilting, etc.
Tape (all kinds)
Mailing Envelopes (all sizes)
Binders, Notebooks, Folders
3 hole punch
Computer equipment and software
Digital camera Volunteers Needed: You can help by volunteering your time.
Serve on board committees such as fundraising events, resource development, and facilities
Advocacy on behalf of homeless and elder issues
Art projects for Vincenne’s Senior Center
Child care at our shelter
Construction, renovation, and maintenance projects, including painting
Design and production of printed materials or video projects
Food preparation (Churches, groups, and schools may volunteer to prepare and serve an evening meal for the shelter residents.)
Landscaping / Gardening
Office assistance (filing, mailing, data entry)
Organizing and participating in our Annual Community Health Fair