Wish List

IHN at Alpha House relies on the generosity of the community to keep the shelter stocked and to meet the many significant material needs of our families. We are grateful for your support!

Please read the information below for donation ideas and to find out what items will be the most helpful to families experiencing homelessness. Because of Alpha House’s limited storage space we are not always able to accept donations that are not on the wish list.  If you have questions about donating items to Alpha House, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Koehler (kkoehler@alphahouse-ihn.org or 734-249-5014).

Immediate Needs at Alpha House!!

  • New twin mattress pads
  • New twin comforters
  • New pillows
  • Booster seats for toddlers and older children

Wish List
Thank you so much for your willingness to reach out to families experiencing homelessness in our community! Items on this list will be used by the shelter throughout the year to provide a safe and dignified environment for families in crisis. Some items are for use within the shelter, while others will be a part of a Welcome Basket given to a family when they move in to Alpha House or a Blessing Basket to take when they move to their own home. We are grateful for your generous caring and support. Thank you for joining a community response to homelessness and know that you have made a difference.  Donations can be delivered to Alpha House anytime.

-Large Laundry Baskets
-Radio Alarm Clocks
-New Pillows
-New Twin Sheet Sets
-New Plastic Twin Mattress Covers
-Baby Monitors
-High Efficiency Light Bulbs
-Accordion/Expandable files (with multiple dividers) for important papers
-Day planners
-New Bathroom Mats/Rugs
-New Shower Curtains (fun colors/patterns would be a special treat!)
-New Pots & Pans Set
-New Dish Sets
-Tool Kits
-Cleaning Supplies (window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, etc)
-Place Setting for Four
-Front Door Mat
-Mop / Broom/ Dustpans
-First Aid Kit (family size)
-Socks, Underwear and T-Shirts (all sizes for infant, toddler, children and women)

Other Donation Programs
1) Welcome and Blessing Baskets: These provide for family’s basic material needs while they are living at Alpha House and when they move into their own housing.

2) Holiday Wishes: Support families living at Alpha House and working with our Home Based Support Specialist during the holidays with stocking, gifts, food and other basic supplies.  Please contact Development Director, Shana Weemhoff (sweemhoff@alphahouse-ihn.org or 734-249-5002) in early November if you are interested in learning more about this program.

Directions for Giving
If you plan on supporting the families of Alpha House through any of these donation programs, please let us know! Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours. If you have questions regarding shelter needs, or to learn more about how you can help, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Koehler  (kkoehler@alphahouse-ihn.org or 734-249-5014).