Wish List

Thank you in advance for collecting donations for Front Steps! We appreciate your help as we strive to restore hope to Austin’s homeless men and women. For more info, please contact Natalie Freeburg at (512) 305-4153 or nfreeburg@frontsteps.org.

Thank you for your generosity! Due to restrictions, we have specific guidelines for the items we are able to accept. Please remember, the best way to help someone exit homelessness and find their way home is through a financial contribution. For physical donations, please adhere to the lists below. and contact Natalie Freeburg (512) 305-4153, nfreeburg@frontsteps.org before dropping off large quantities, so that we can make sure we have space for your items. If given the choice, it is much better for us to receive consistent donations in smaller quantities, than to receive several large bags at once.

**Please do not drop off donations outside our building at 500 E 7th St or distribute them to those who are gathered outside, but bring them inside to us so we can make sure that they are received by those most in need. **

***At this time we are in high need of bar soap and shampoo please call (512) 305-4174 or email Nfreeburg@frontsteps.org to donate***


List updated as of June 21, 2017

ARCH Day Resource & Emergency Overnight Shelter Clients (bold items are most needed): we do not need toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, or deodorant at this time.

  • Hygiene products: travel-sized shampoo, disposable razors, shaving cream (regular size cans), body lotion (travel-sized); travel-sized hand wipes, pocket-sized tissues, bar soap.
  • Clothing: due to a limited storage, we do not accept donations of clothing except the following: underwear (new) for men and women, comfortable shoes (i.e. sneakers) and socks for men and women. Please donate cold weather items to Goodwill.
  • Adult XL or L size depends
  • Reading glasses (if possible, please mark the strength on them) and cases; sunglasses
  • Wallets (new or gently used), small zippered bags (like make-up bags) for organizing personal items
  • Hats- baseball caps or suns hats
  • Washcloths, hand towels – new or gently used
  • hand sanitizer – regular or large sized
  • Backpacks or small rolling suitcases (new or gently used); tote bags
  • Bus passes (local day passes)
  • Pocket-sized notebooks and pencils/pens
  • Snack foods – chewy granola bars, small bags nuts, protein snacks (non-refrigerated), fruit pouches (i.e. apple sauce), small juice boxes
  • Padlocks, large and travel-sized (combo ones are better than keyed)
  • Umbrellas for sunshade – personal sized


For ARCH Case Management Clients & Recuperative Care Clients moving into housing: Drop off must be arranged in advance by contacting Haggai Eshed (512) 305-4137 or heshed@frontsteps.org

  • Bedroom: mattresses are already provided to clients but the following are needed – twin-sized pillows & sheets (new or very gently used); waste basket; bedside lamp; clothes hangers (5-10); iron & ironing board
  • Furniture: small dressers with drawers, small kitchen tables & chairs, end tables/nightstands
  • Kitchen appliances: small crock pots, microwave ovens, pots & pans, coffee makers
  • Kitchen items: cooking utensils; dishes/utensils/mugs/glasses for four; hot pads; hand towels; mixing bowls, baking sheets, baking dishes; foil, cling film, baggies; can opener; dish drying rack; dishcloth or sponges, dishwashing soap; food storage containers with lids
  • Bathroom: shower rod/shower curtain & rings; bath towel/hand towel/washcloths (new or like new); laundry basket & detergent; toilet brush & holder/ toilet plunger; basic first aid kit; toilet paper
  • House cleaning: broom & dust pan; small trash can with liners; mop & bucket; sponges & cloths; bleach, pine floor cleaner, all purpose cleaner like Lysol 4 in 1; air freshener; paper towels
  • Gift cards: Target, HEB, Walmart
  • Gift cards for entertainment: movies, bowling, mini golf, sports
  • Coffee and snacks for support groups
  • Backpacks for day use
  • Medi-Sets (pill organizer/container)
  • Quarters for laundry; bus passes – local day passes
  • Non-perishable food (limited quantities please); for large quantities, please donate to the Central Texas Food Bank
  • Digital Converter Boxes/TVs/universal remotes

How To Help

  • Volunteer
    If you feel a call to help those less fortunate and want to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty, then Front Steps may be the right place for you.
  • Donate
    Less than 6% of financial contributions are used for administration. Front Steps strives to keep operating costs low so your gift will have the maximum impact on the lives of our homeless neighbors.

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