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In-Kind Donations


Survivors of domestic violence and their children often have to part with personal belongings and the necessary household items with which to start over. To address these losses and help families reestablish their homes, we accept donations of new and gently-used goods as needed, and according to our storage availability. Please contact our administrative office first before dropping off your donation to confirm our current needs and storage capactity by calling 845.562.5365 ext 124.

Below is a list of helpful personal care and household items that are a tremendous help to individuals and families who have transitioned through our emergency shelter or other temporary housing:

     New or Gently-Used:

  • Kitchenware: pots & pans, utensils & silverware, dishes & glasses, small appliances, measuring cups & spoons, storage containers, etc.
  • Dish towels, dish strainer or drying mats
  • Laundry baskets or pop-up hampers
  • Lamps (with lampshade)

     New Only:

  • Bath Towels, Washcloths
  • Twin or Full-size sheet sets, blankets & comforters (please no Queen or King size)
  • Shower curtains and bath mats
  • Laundry supplies (laundry bags, laundry detergent, spot treatment, bleach, dryer sheets, etc)
  • Cleaning tools (brooms & dust pans, mops, buckets, sponges, dish brush or scrubbies, etc.)
  • Trash cans & trash bags
  • Paper products (napkins, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper)
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage bags
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Full-Size Toiletries (please, no travel or "hotel" size); cotton balls, "q-tips"
  • Diverse hair care products (conditioners, gels, anti-breakage treatments, etc.)
  • Hair brushes & combs (bristle hair brushes, synthetic or detangler style brushes, wide tooth combs)
  • Hair accessories (hair ties, bobby pins, clips, head wraps)
  • Underwear and socks for adults and children
  • Baby diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream
  • UNEXPIRED Baby formula, jarred baby food, baby cereal (rice, oatmeal)


Please note: we are not accepting donations of gently-used clothing at this time.  At Safe Homes we are very fortunate to receive frequent offers of gently-used clothing donations, but we have limited capacity to store and display clothing. To help us manage these offers and use them more efficiently, we have partnered with Bloomingdeals in New Windsor where our clients can be served through a voucher process or shop at a discounted rate, as appropriate. It is very important that you call us to discuss your clothing donations, as some may be directed to Bloomingdeals for drop off.

At times, families will arrive at our emergency shelter with only the clothes on their back. To help both adults and children with immediate needs, we are always able to accept the NEW items listed below, in both Adult and Children's sizes:

  • Socks and Underwear
  • Sweatpants, Lounge Pants, or Leggings 
  • T-Shirts, Sweatshirts
  • Pajamas, Bathrobes
  • Slippers, Flip-Flops



Safe Homes is not able to pick up furniture donations at this time. We are only able to accept gently-used furniture when there is an immediate need and transportation is available. Other arrangements are sometimes possible with Bloomingdeals of New Windsor, or you may consider Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh's ReStore or your local Salvation Army.

Please email us at with your offer of furniture. Kindly include in your email pictures of the items and let us know how long you have to dispose of them, as well as whether you are able to deliver the furniture.


We accept donations of assorted unexpired non-perishable foods year-round. Please note that we are unable to accept private donations of expired foodWhen planning a food drive, encourage your donors to think in terms of a day’s meals and the traditional food pyramid. Below is our list of most helpful non-perishable food items:

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Rice or Pasta meal mixes (items similar to: Rice-A-Roni, Pasta Roni, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables, beans and fruit
  • All-purpose flour, sugars, artificial sweeteners
  • Corn meal, maseca, or masa harina
  • Seasonings and Spices, adobo, sazón, chicken/beef/ham bouillon
  • Mashed potato mix, canned potatoes
  • Nut butters, jelly/jam
  • Canned/boxed soups & stews
  • Canned tuna & chicken, Vienna Sausages
  • Basic condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise
  • Manzanilla or Spanish olives (please no black olives)
  • Shelf-Stable microwavable meals
  • Breakfast cereals (low sugar) & oatmeal
  • Coffee (ground)
  • Pancake mix & syrup
  • Fruit & pudding cups
  • Granola bars, snack crackers, and other individually-wrapped snacks
  • 100% Juice boxes or pouches
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Cake & muffin mixes, cake frosting, gelatin, pudding mix

ALL FOOD DONATIONS MUST BE WITHIN THEIR EXPIRATION DATE. While the item may still be safe to eat, we are unfortunately unable to accept any type of private food donation that is past its expiration date.


  • Safe Homes' emergency shelter is a member agency of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Help your dollars stretch further by donating directly to our food budget via the Food Bank's "Adopt-A-Program". Learn more by visiting the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley's website at the link above.


Safe Homes offers year-round opportunities to make a difference at the local level and to engage with your own community. You can spread and build on that sense of solidarity by joining with others—co-workers, circle of friends and family, church community—to brighten the holidays of Safe Homes’ adults and children, or by getting a child ready for a new school year with a beautiful, new backpack stuffed with supplies. For creative types, you can also help boost our fundraising events with the donation a theme basket to auction off.

Here are some ideas to stay connected year-round:

  • February: Valentine’s Day candy or goodie bags
  • March: Easter Baskets
  • April/May: Mother’s Day gifts (e.g. gift-bags of personal care items). Mother’s Day Donation Cards: for a gift of $15 we will send a Mother’s Day Card to, or in the name of, any woman you wish to honor
  • Summer Months: Back-to-School drive of backpacks and school supplies for all ages and grades
  • September/October: help us collect gift certificates, silent auction items, or create a themed basket for our annual fundraising dinner, The Celebration of Hope. Our next Celebration of Hope gala will be Friday, November 2nd, 2018.
  • November: donate Thanksgiving Baskets or non-perishable food, and/or gift cards to local grocery stores to purchase perishables such as turkeys, butter, and fresh vegetables 
  • After Thanksgiving: Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program – adopt the wish lists of families receiving Safe Homes services. 
We are very grateful for long-term partnerships and are actively seeking new ones to help provide for our clients’ emergency needs.

Our Partners