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Help with In-Kind Donations

Little things can make a big impact.  A travel-size shampoo, a painting, a candle, or a bottle of water– all can help newly housed individuals and families and your neighbors experiencing homelessness. 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 needed items

  • Cleaning supplies, especially oven cleaner – Case managers in our Scattered Site Housing and Rapid Rehousing programs are finding that their newly housed clients most often fail Department of Housing and Urban Development inspections and risk eviction due to dirty ovens and would love it if they could provide clients with oven cleaner such as Easy-Off.  They’d also welcome other cleaning supplies like all-purpose cleaner, sponges, dish soap, and laundry detergent.  These gifts support SEARCH clients’ housing stability and acquisition of new life skills as they transition to life off the streets.
  • Bottled water
  • Winter items (coats, gloves, hats, blankets, sleeping bags, scarves, and hand warmers)
  • Diaper genie bags
  • Reusable grocery totes
  • Bibles and other books for our Welcome Center library
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Clock radios

You can also check out our Amazon wish lists for newly housed adult clients and SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures.  Additionally, please consider supporting SEARCH via AmazonSmile!  If you’re a Chrome user, you can install this extension so you don’t have to worry about remembering to start at your Smile page.  It will automatically load it for you anytime you use Amazon.

Other In-Kind Needs

Click here for a list other items needed

  • Diapers (sizes 5 – 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Swim diapers (sizes 5 – 6)
  • Bottled water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic (first aid) wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Child-size toothbrushes
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Men’s underwear (boxers)
  • Men’s shoes (casual or tennis, especially sizes 11 and bigger)
  • Feminine products
  • Small storage items
  • Pantry staples kits with cooking oils, flour, sugar, salt, basic spices, and basic condiments (all items typically unavailable at food pantries)
  • Plus-size/big and tall casual clothing (polo-style shirts, jeans, khaki pants)

  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • First aid kits
  • Candles
  • Decorative vases
  • Food (oatmeal, Hormel Compleats, heart healthy canned vegetables, chili, tuna)
  • Instant coffee
  • TVs with inputs (red/white/yellow) for DVD players
  • Radios
  • Lamps
  • Small end tables
  • Rugs
  • Griddles/electric skillets
  • Coffee machines
  • Coasters
  • Blankets/throws
  • Picture frames
  • Crockpots
  • Toasters and toaster ovens

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!)
  • Jif 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, religious references, or seasonal information such as references to holidays.

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.

If you believe you will need assistance unloading, you are welcome to call the front desk staff at 713-739-7752 when you’re a couple minutes away to let them know you may need a cart or other help from our facilities team.  We typically recommend that supporters pull up alongside the building on Congress and put their hazards on.  Thank you!


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Help us achieve a Houston without homelessness

To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and those we serve, SEARCH will be operating remotely and continuing to serve our clients. All events and volunteer activities have been canceled at this time. We are unable to accept in-kind donations during this closure. However, monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.

If you are homeless and in need of assistance, please call our main line at 713-739-7752 or dial 211. 

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