Care Kits

A volunteer displays a basic needs care kit.

How-to Make Care Kits for the Homeless

A care kit contains needed essential relief items for adults experiencing homelessness. Things like clean socks, a rain poncho, a hand warmer or gloves, sanitizing wet wipes, and snacks offer comfort to someone living outdoors in difficult conditions. When you make care kits, you are showing kindness and care for fellow humans going through hard times and enduring cruel living conditions. Blanchet House volunteers and staff offer the care kits that you make to our meal guests daily. They are so appreciated! Thank you for helping us alleviate suffering.

Where to Get Care Kit Items

  • Most items are available in bulk from our Amazon wish list.
  • You could also hold a drive with your friends and community.
  • Dollar stores and grocery stores have most items.

 

Let us Know

  • Please sign up for emails so we can stay in touch.
  • Send us photos of you and the care kits you’ve made so we can share. Your generosity inspires others to help.

 

Drop Off Care Kits

Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat at 310 NW Glisan St., between 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. These windows of time avoid our meal services, which are too busy to properly receive donations.

Types of Care Kits

How to Make Winter Care Kits for the Homeless

Winter Care Kits

Oregon winters are rainy and wet so people living without shelter need help to keep themselves and their belongings dry. We created a care kit that addresses the most requested items during the winter months.

Download the How-To Make Winter Care Kits sheet.

Instructions

One zippered gallon-size plastic bag containing the following:
(No paper bags. Paper falls apart easily but zippered plastic bags can be reused.)

  • 1 Rain Poncho
    • Compact and folded.
  • 1 Emergency Blanket
    • Compact and folded.
  • 1 Pack of Handwarmers
  • 1 Pair of Socks
    • Adult-size only.
  • Optional items:
    • Mask (COVID-19)
    • Knit hat or gloves
    • Snacks
    • Wet wipes
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COVID-19 Care Kits

In order to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus and prevent illness, every adult needs a protective mask and a way to clean their hands. We put together a care kit with the most needed items in order to help our houseless guests stay safe and healthy.

Download the How-To Make COVID-19 Care Kits sheet.

Instructions

One gallon-size zippered plastic bag containing the following:
(No paper bags. Paper falls apart easily but zippered plastic bags can be reused.)

  • 1 Mask
    • Cotton or paper.
  • 1 Soap or Antibacterial Wipes
    • Individual packs. NO bottles of hand sanitizer.
    • Trial size shampoo or bars of soap.
  • 1 Wrapped Store-Bought Snack
    • Must be easy to chew.
    • Fruit snacks, candy, mints, or gum.
How to make a summer care kit for homeless

Summer Care Kits

The hot, dry days of summer in a mostly concrete environment greatly increases a human’s need for water. Regular access to clean drinking water is very difficult for people experiencing homelessness in Portland. Our summer care kit addresses the basic needs of survival for someone living outdoors during hot, sunny weather.

Download the How-To Make Cooling Care Kits sheet.

Instructions

One gallon-sized zippered plastic bag containing the following:
(No paper bags. Paper falls apart easily but zippered plastic bags can be reused.)

  • 1 Reusable Plastic Bottle or Bottle of Water
    • Blanchet House will and refill empty water bottles during the summer.
  • 1-2 Hygiene Products
    • Band-aids
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Wet wipes
  • 1-2 Wrapped Store-Bought Snacks
    • It’s nice to have something sweet to eat on hot days.

FAQ

Drop Off Times

Care kits can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8:00 – 10:30 am and 1:30 – 4 pm. Please avoid dropping off during meal services. Pull up to our entrance, leave your items in the car, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation. If you’d like a donation receipt, we will provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email info@blanchethouse.org.

Not in the Portland metro area? You can support our guests by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. They will be shipped directly to Blanchet House. If you would like to collect or donate clothing for people in your town call your local shelters, religious centers, or charity kitchens.

Liability Concerns? Federal and state Good Samaritan laws were created to encourage food donations, reduce waste of fresh food, and to protect donors.

Questions? Email us at info@blanchethouse.org

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Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

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