Our Wish List

When families arrive at Sojourner House, many have been homeless for weeks or months, and need basic personal care items and household supplies. To ensure that our families have everything they need, we accept donations on an ongoing basis. For the safety of our women and kids, we ask that all donations are brand-new, unless otherwise noted with an asterisk. If you have questions, please contact Odelia Gilmore at (585) 436-7100.

>>> For monetary gifts and special programs, please visit our contributions page.

Hours for Donation Drop-Off:
Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Critical Items

  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Twin sheets
  • Twin blankets
  • Pillows
  • Razors
  • Body wash
  • Lotion (especially for babies)
  • Pajamas for children and adults
  • Underwear for children and adults
  • Socks for children and adults
  • Shaving cream (women’s)
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Deodorant
  • Hair combs and brushes
  • Lamps*
  • Vacuum cleaners*
  • First aid kits**

* We can accept these items gently used if they are in excellent condition. All other items must be brand new.

** Kits must be brand new, unopened and complete. All items in the kit should be individually wrapped and sterile.

Baby Items

  • Baby lotion
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby oil
  • Baby wipes
  • Bottles and sippie cups
  • Crib sheets
  • Diapers
  • Pacifiers

Children’s Items

  • Backpacks
  • Graphing calculators*
  • School supplies: pens, pencils, crayons, markers, binders, folders, dividers
  • Accordion-style folders*
  • One-subject notebooks
  • Sleeping bags for summer camp
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes)

* We can accept this item gently used if it is in excellent condition. All other items must be brand new. Thank you!

Household Items

When homeless families move into permanent housing, they are often starting from scratch and lack basic household necessities. As our residents prepare to move into their new homes, these are some items that they frequently need:

  • Alarm clocks*
  • Clock radios*
  • Bath towels
  • Bedding: twin XL sheets, comforters, blankets
  • Bowls*
  • Cups (sturdy plastic)
  • Can openers*
  • Cleaning supplies: mops, brooms, buckets, dustpans
  • Dish towels
  • Face towels
  • Flatware and silverware*
  • Microwaves*
  • Pillows
  • Refrigerators* (dormitory style)
  • Sewing machines*
  • Suitcases
  • Toilet paper
  • Umbrellas*
  • Wash cloths
  • Vacuum cleaners*

* We can accept this item gently used if it is in excellent condition. All other items must be brand new.

Hygiene Products

When women and children come to Sojourner House, they typically stay for about six months, so that they have enough time to work through the underlying issues that caused their homelessness. Please consider buying full-size products (rather than travel- or sample-size) products, so that the women can use them for their entire stay.

  • Body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Boys hygiene products
  • “Ethnic,” “Black” or African-American shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Flip-flops or shower shoes
  • Haircare appliances: blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons
  • Combs (sturdy)
  • Lanyards or wrist coils
  • Standard products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair conditioner, etc.

Music and Art Program Supplies

For inquiries about donating musical instruments, please contact Dan Deckman at (585) 263-7942. The items below are always accepted on an ongoing basis:

  • Guitar strings
  • Tap shoes
  • Matador Congo Drums, available at Cadence Music
    • M750S Quinto 11″
    • M752S Conga 11.75″
    • M754 Tumba 12.5″

Group Tickets and Field Trip Sponsorships

The Sojourner House children often go on field trips to learn about the community and experience cultural events:

  • Art shows
  • Cultural events and festivals
  • Concerts
  • Dance performances
  • Museums
  • Sporting events

We welcome your ideas! If you have an event in mind, or would like to sponsor a field trip, please contact Dan Deckman at (585) 263-7942.