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How you can Help
Beyond Shelter relies on the contributions of private donors, corporations and foundations to help operate its programs and services. Below are suggestions of ways you can get involved and make a difference.

Your generous donation will help us continue our work of combating poverty and homelessness among families with children. We gratefully welcome all levels of donation, and every donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Every dollar raised helps to end family homelessness.

The Adopt-A-Family Program connects sponsors with families to "adopt" by providing them with a detailed family profile and wish list. Sponsors buy presents for their specific families and deliver them wrapped to Beyond Shelter. Case Managers then deliver the presents to the families in the week before Christmas. Through both the Adopt-A-Family Program and the Holiday Toy Drive, homeless families get a chance to celebrate something in the midst of what is probably the most difficult period of their lives. Just knowing that somebody cares for them makes a huge difference in their lives.

Every year, Beyond Shelter coordinates a Holiday Toy Drive where we collect new and unwrapped toys, arrange them by gender and age-appropriateness, and distribute them unwrapped to the parents.  In this way, the presents can come from the parents and not from us. We rely entirely on donations to do this.

Homeless families who are moving from a shelter into an apartment often move in with nothing. The families have no furnishings, no beds, no household items - no belongings at all.

To help these families, please visit the Beyond Shelter gift registry at K-Mart, and purchase as many items as you would like, for a family of 4. Your K-Mart gifts can help make a difference in their lives. After filling your cart, provide the following shipment address: Beyond Shelter, 1200 Wilshire Blvd., #600, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

All gifts are delivered to Beyond Shelter (this is a tax-deductible donation) and Case Managers will deliver the gifts to the families.

Click here to visit K-Mart Gift Registry.

Contribute Assets
Beyond Shelter welcomes contributions of stock, real property and other assets to support our programs. Like cash donations, you can reduce your capital gains taxes by contributing through this method. Please call Beyond Shelter at (213) 252-0772 if you would like to support its work in this way.

Establish Planned Gifts
As you consider your estate, you can make a lasting contribution towards furthering the important work of Beyond Shelter, ending, preventing and combating family homelessness, by naming Beyond Shelter as a beneficiary in a will or bequest. Please call Beyond Shelter at (213) 252-0772 if you would like to support its work in this way.

Contribute to the Family Fund
The Beyond Shelter Family Fund was established to help homeless families pay for special needs, such as work uniforms, eye glasses, car repairs and other special items. By contributing to this fund, you can directly help families without other resources.


In-Kind Donations

Beyond Shelter continually seeks donations of items to support the families we serve. Every item donated is distributed directly to the families and children or to the programs that serve them. We do not re-sell any items. While we appreciate all donations, we can only accept new items. If you would like to make a donation or need additional information, please call: (213) 252-0772. All donations are tax-deductible.

Basic Household Supplies
Homeless families who are moving from a shelter into an apartment often move in with nothing. The families have no furnishings, no beds, no household items - no belongings at all. To help them in their transition from homelessness to housing, we collect the following items:

Pots & Pans
Dishes
Utensils
Bed Linens (sheets, pillows, blankets)
Towels
Microwaves
Small Appliances (toaster, iron, etc.)
Cleaning Supplies
Vacuum Cleaners
Other Household Necessities
(See our K-Mart Gift Registry for "housewarming" gifts)


Infant Furnishings Equipment & Supplies
Many of the families we serve have infants and are in critical need of the following items:

Diapers (all sizes)
Formula
Bottles
Blankets
Cribs & Crib Bedding
Strollers
Car Seats
Clothing
Baby Lotion & Wipes


Items for Children
The families we serve have children ages 0-18. We are always in need of items for the kids. Suggestions include:

Clothing
Books (for all ages)
Educational toys
Art supplies
Sports equipment (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, footballs)
Backpacks & School Supplies
Music & DVDs
Video Games


Professional Clothing for Working Mothers
Our Employment & Trainings programs help primarily single mothers find and maintain employment. Many of these jobseekers are in critical need of professional attire for job interviews and employment. All professional clothing should be clean and in excellent condition. New clothing is preferred.