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Donations needed to help house homeless families in Cedar Rapids

November 24, 2014
(Cedar Rapids) - Homelessness. It happens here. And for that reason, Four Oaks was one of five agencies across the U.S. selected to help homeless parents get on their feet again.  Each month, we place three homeless parents and their children in stable housing and intensely work with them for a year or more to reach stability. 

The program is known as Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids or PUSH-CR and is Iowa's first supportive housing program designed specifically for very low income families who are homeless or near homeless, involved with the child welfare system, and dealing with complex needs or disabilities (such as domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse problems) that threaten child and family safety, permanency, and well-being. Program partners work with families to achieve safe stable housing, help parents retain custody of their children, ensure child safety and family stability, achieve higher levels of employment and improve family functioning and child well-being. 

The grant we received supports the work we do with families, but not the household items they need. We are hoping, with your donations this holiday season, we can help homeless families throughout the year. Below is a list of items we need for the families. Please contact Debbie Craig at dcraig@fouroaks.org to arrange a donation delivery or pick-up.

Living Room:
  • Couch and/or Chairs
  • Area Rugs
  • End Tables
  • Lamps
Dining Room:
  • Table
  • Chairs
Kitchen:
  • Silverware
  • Flat cooking sheet
  • Large pots and lids 
  • Large skillet
  • Pizza pan
  • Baking dishes
  • Storage containers
  • Kitchen Towels and Washcloths
  • Cooking utensils 
  • Trash bags
  • Kitchen garbage can and lid 
  • Cutting board
  • Dish Set
  • Drinking Glasses 
Bedrooms:
  • Beds – twin or double (new mattress, box spring and frame)
  • Bedding: Sheets/Blankets (Full and twin) 
  • Pillows
Bathroom:
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes 
  • Toilet Bowl brush, plunger, wastebasket & toilet paper
  • Bath towels, Hand towels & Wash cloths
  • Bath Mat
General Supplies:
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Light Bulbs
  • All purpose cleaning agent
  • Dish detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Dish scrubber
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Mop/bucket
  • Dish Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry detergent


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