Our mostly adult guests experiencing homelessness are in need of new and gently used clean clothes. We invite you to donate adult-sized seasonally appropriate clothing. We give out clothing and sleeping essentials during meal services on an as-needed basis.

Because we have VERY limited storage space we can only take the most requested items listed below. Thank you.

Most Needed Items

Due to limited storage space, we can ONLY accept the following adult-sized items.

  • Socks. Adult sizes. (Add to a care kit.)
  • Men’s underwear.
  • Beanies and warm hats. Adult sizes.
  • Long-sleeve t-shirts. L-3XL
  • Coats and jackets.
  • Sweatpants. M-3XL
  • Blankets or sleeping bags. No linens or pillows.
  • Tarps. 
  • Backpacks and duffle bags.
  • Men’s new or gently used shoes. No dress shoes.
  • Hand warmers and gloves. (Add to a care kit.)
  • Lite-weight ponchos. (Add to a care kit.)
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Purchase Items from Our Amazon Wish List

Buy new items listed on our Amazon wish list. The items will be shipped directly to Blanchet House at 310 NW Glisan, Portland, OR, 97209. If you use Amazon Smile a portion of the sale will be donated to Blanchet House.

Clothing Closet Schedule

Clean clothing is given out on a first-come, first-serve basis during three daily meal services. Stock changes daily based on donations. Please ask a staff member for needed clothing during services.

  • Tuesday & Thursday, 11:30-12:30 during lunch service (Select items available)

Dos and Don’ts of Donating Clothing

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  • Only donate clean and usable items. We are unable to wash or repair clothing.
  • Being offered dirty, stained, or damaged clothing can feel humiliating. Consider the dignity of the receiver.
  • We DO NOT accept children’s clothing, business attire/suits, housewares, linens/pillows/towels, or books.
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How to Host a Clothing Drive

We often need large quantities of new and gently used clothing. Email or call us for ideas on what to collect and let us know when you plan to drop it off.

It’s best to ask your donors to give specific items like:

  • Tents & tarps
  • Socks & underwear
  • Rain ponchos & socks
  • Coats & gloves

Sew or Knit Scarves and Hats

We accept adult-sized handmade warm weather items to give out to our meal guests on cold days. Drop off information below.

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Drop Off Hours

Clothing can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Please avoid dropping off during meal services. Pull up to our entrance, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation from the car. If you’d like a donation receipt, we can 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.

Questions? Email us at info@blanchethouse.org

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Clothing Recycling

Blanchet House is partnering with Portland-based company Pioneer Wiping Cloth to recycle clothes into cleaning cloths.

As an organization offering to clothe people experiencing homelessness, Blanchet House accepts clothing from generous donors. Clothes that are torn, dirty, or inappropriate for use must be disposed of somehow. Blanchet House is unable to launder or mend clothes. Furthermore, storage is limited so we must keep seasonally appropriate clothes on hand and remove out-of-season clothing. For example, shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or swimsuits will not help our houseless guests from winter weather.

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