“Fresh Start” Kits

We are temporarily stopping receipt of gift-in-kind donations at our shelter with the exception of the following items: hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, Clorox wipes, Lysol, boxes of tissues, and N95 masks. These items should be dropped off at the Men’s Shelter located at 65 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC 20001.

Food items may be dropped off at the Men’s Shelter located at 65 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC 20001.

We will continue to accept all gift-in-kind donations at our Family Ministry Center. (FMC Drop-off Instructions)

Making “Fresh Start” kits provides an engaging volunteer opportunity for individuals, families and groups of any size—all you need is a large Ziploc (2 or 2.5 gallon) bag or a shoe box! We invite you to fill the kit with small necessities that can help keep a homeless man or woman clean and safe. Remember that being homeless often means having no access to supplies we take for granted.

You can fill your kit with these suggested items and more

  • hair comb/brush
  • hand towel
  • travel size shampoo
  • travel size soap
  • travel size lotion
  • deodorant
  • travel size tissue packs
  • travel size baby wipes
  • travel size hand sanitizer
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • adhesive bandages
  • antibiotic ointment
  • lip balm
  • Tampons/Panty liners
  • warm socks
  • Ziplock bags

Download Fresh Start Flyer
Drop-Off Details

If you are unable to create a drive but would like to help now, Click Here to provide “Fresh Start” kits, care, and other services now!

Why is your help important?

Homeless people often come to us with few personal belongings. With your support Central Union Mission can provide for even more of these folks’ basic needs for shelter, clothing and hygiene products.

What will the “Kits” mean to those the Mission serves?

Your “Fresh Start” kit is a gracious act of support for those struggling in the Washington metropolitan area. Please choose to fill your kit for a woman or a man, and and, if you decide to use a shoebox, then decorate it with construction paper, crayons or any way you prefer. It doesn’t matter whether you use a Ziploc bag or a shoebox, you can always include encouraging notes or Bible verses, too.

How will homeless people benefit from what is inside?

Some who receive the kit will have spent days walking and sleeping outdoors and will welcome comfortable socks, lip balm or a rain poncho. Others will have come to our doors with damaged shoes needing bandages or ointment to care for their tired feet. Still others will be happy for a can opener to prepare the nonperishable items they may have been offered in their travels.

For more information on how to help, please contact Mark O’Brien mobrien@missiondc.org.



Your Gift of $115 helps 60 people


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