COVID-19 update from Executive Director Reneé Stevens, March 21, 2020
Greetings from the staff at Open House Ministries.
Our residents and staff would like to thank you for your prayers and concerns for Open House Ministries. God’s grace has been evident as we go about our daily lives during this pandemic. Everyone is adjusting to new training procedures, while practicing safe-distancing policies. I am grateful for the patience and quick responses we’ve received from so many in our community.
As our volunteer work force has been sent home and our thrift store is temporarily closed, we are experiencing an overflow of clothing donations at our shelter facility. We kindly ask all of you to limit any donations to food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies, until our thrift store has reopened. Then we can make more space for your gifts.
Our staff and residents are using this time to diligently clean and organize our shelter, looking forward to the day when Open House Ministries can return to normal. Please know our donation needs will resume when our thrift store, Secondhand Solutions, reopens. Until then, please continue to pray and know how grateful we are for each one of you.
We take donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Please call Lori Richardson at 360-737-0300 with any questions.
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- Fresh/frozen meats (hamburger & chicken in 1-3 lb. packs, please)
- Soups/stews (all kinds)
- Canned/packaged beans (chili, refried, pinto, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Ramen noodles
- Hamburger Helper meals
- Pancake mix
- Dry cereal & oatmeal
- Dry baking products
- Cooking oil
- Baby food
- Diapers (sizes: newborn, 4, 5, 6)
- Baby wipes
- 2 gig flash drives
- Scientific calculators
- Regular calculators
- Men’s pants (32, 33, 40, 50, 54, 56)
- Men’s shirts (XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
- Women’s clothing (all types & sizes)
- Children’s clothing (all types & sizes, including infants and toddlers)
- Underwear (new)
- We have a good supply of coats right now! Avoid coats.
Household/personal care (Note: We’re unable to accept used/open toiletries.)
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Shaving cream
- Wash cloths
- Kitchen garbage cans
- Pots & pans
- Bus passes
We are always looking for various cleaning and maintenance items. Please call 360-737-0300 for current items on our supply-closet wish list!