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Help with In-Kind Donations

Little things can make a big impact.  A travel-size shampoo, a new pair of socks, a bottle of water, or a jar of peanut butter– all can help your homeless and newly housed neighbors. We appreciate your generosity and willingness to help SEARCH meet our clients’ needs. Your gift matters and communicates care and support.

SEARCH and our clients benefit from a variety of in-kind donations. Whether you donate these items yourself or organize a drive at your school, place of worship, or workplace, your in-kind donations make a meaningful difference in our clients’ lives.

Before planning and dropping off your donation, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin at or 713-276-3063.  Thank you for helping us ensure we use your gift efficiently and effectively!

Wish List

Click here for a list of our most frequently needed items
  • Nuit Blanche Wish List
  • Big and tall/plus-size clothing
  • Men’s shoes, especially sizes 11 and bigger
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Feminine products
  • Instant coffee
  • Bottled water

Prepare Snack Packs for our Clients

Our Mobile Outreach team members need snack packs as they meet individuals on the streets who are experiencing homelessness.  Easy-open protein items represent great food sources for our clients. 

For details on preparing snack packs, please click here.

Please see the list below and choose three or more of the items to package in Ziploc bags to create snack packs.  Clients often find it most helpful when snack packs contain a mix of no-chew (e.g. applesauce, pudding) and chewy items to accommodate all levels of dental health.  We truly appreciate when individuals, groups, students, and children who want to give back prepare these packs. Thank you for thinking of SEARCH and our neighbors’ basic needs!

  • Bumble Bee Snacks on the Run (tuna, chicken salad, ham, etc.)
  • Vienna sausages
  • GoGo Squeeze fruit pouches
  • Pudding packs
  • Planters mixed snack pouches/trail mix
  • Fruit cups or applesauce cups
  • Peanut butter or cheese cracker packs
  • Dried fruit crisps packets
  • Raisin snack boxes
  • Granola bars (crunchier varieties rather than chewy, please!)
  • Jiff to Go/Nutella to Go snacks
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Non-chocolate protein bars (chocolate melts!)

Feel free to write an encouraging note for clients who will receive snack packs! Please don’t include dates, contact information, last names, or seasonal information such as references to holidays.

Prepare Survival Kits for our Clients

People who are experiencing homelessness confront intense daily challenges.  As an alternative to a monetary donation, you can further SEARCH’s mission by assembling a “survival kit” with helpful items and information for people living on the streets.  You can keep these kits in your car and make a difference by distributing them when you encounter neighbors in need.

For details on preparing survival kits, please click here.

You can create survival kits by placing some or all of the following items in a Ziploc bag:

You can distribute the survival kits on your own or drop them at SEARCH for staff to distribute. 

Donation Delivery Information

Please deliver all in-kind donations to SEARCH Homeless Services located at:

SEARCH Homeless Services
2015 Congress Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Donation Drop-Off Hours:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In the News

  • 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award: SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures


  • Houston Public Media “Red White & Blue”: Houston’s Homeless


    Gary Polland and guest host Barbara Radnofsky lead a discussion about the problem of homelessness in Houston. They are joined by guests Marc Eichenbaum, Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives at The City of Houston; and Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services.

  • Comerica Bank Changing Lives

    Comerica Bank Changing Lives: SEARCH Homeless Services

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