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Many former homeless individuals and families leave the shelter or street for public housing without an income. As a result some people don't have access to basic hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, tooth brushes, and toothpaste. Lacking hygiene supplies puts one at risk for getting and transmitting numerous contagious viruses and diseases such as the flu and Hepatitis A. Lacking hygiene supplies also doesn't make one very workforce ready and marketable.


Many newly housed, formerly homeless people also don't have beds, furniture, blankets, towels, wash clothes, cleaning supplies, eating utensils and cutlery. They are essentially starting over.


Few charities in the four counties we serve offer household items to newly housed, formerly homeless people.  As a result Kanawha Valley Collective established the Welcome Home Program.

The Welcome Home Program supplies homeless individuals and families transitioning out of the shelter or off the street into housing with enough household items for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen to get them re-established.

Getting Assistance

We happily accept new household items for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. You can drop these items off at the United Way in Charleston Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plates, Bowls, Cups, Flatware, Knives, Can Opener, Tumblers, Cookie Sheet, Kitchen Towel, Dish Cloth / Sponge, Paper Towels, Pot Holder, Food Storage, Ice Cube Trays, Foil, Spatula, Big Spoon, Sink Strainer, Trash Can, Trash Bags, Toothbrushes, Washcloths, Towels, Shower Curtain, Shower Liner, Hooks, Plunger, First Aid kit, Brush/ Comb, Toilet Brush and Holder, Toilet Paper, Hand Towel, Toothpaste, Hand soap, Hand Towel, Pillow, Pillow Case, Blanket, Hangers, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Laundry Basket, Dust Pan, Broom, Mop, Bucket, air mattresses

Like many organizations helping those in need we are grant funded and therefore must keep track of how our money is being spent. In order to participate in the Welcome Home Program you must be registered with one of our agency partners in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). 

These household items are for newly housed, formerly homeless individuals and families only. 

If you were told you don't qualify for the Welcome Home Program, yet meet the aforementioned criteria, please contact KVC executive director  Traci Strickland at (304) 346-6638 or email her.

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