Provide Base Kits for Residents

A welcome home sign on a kitchen counter

Our Permanent Supportive Housing residents are so excited to have their own place, some after years of experiencing homelessness. But limited budgets make it tough for them to afford the essential items that make their house a home. You can help by purchasing supplies and assembling Base Kits. These kits will be part of our holiday giving for residents, so please keep our December 15th delivery deadline in mind. When purchasing items for kits, note that we only serve adults and do not need toys or other items for children in these kits.

Each Base Kit Includes:
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Full-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, brand-name deodorant
  • Winter socks, Thinsulate-style winter gloves, and hats
  • Candy, cookies, coffee, tea, or other treats (sugar-free and regular)
  • Sponges
  • Kitchen cleaning spray
  • Bathroom cleaning spray
  • Unscented detergents
For an Extra Special Base Kit, You Can Include:
  • Gift cards for Target, Walmart, Aldi, or Cub foods
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Queen-sized sheet set
  • Bath or Kitchen towels
Packaging and Delivering Your Kits

Have fun and get creative with packaging, but many residents would greatly appreciate a foldable personal shopping cart. Other suggestions for packaging include a laundry basket, a reusable shopping bag, backpack, or plastic tub. Feel free to decorate the kit or include a card! Kits will be delivered to the OSH offices located at 2219 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406. Please deliver your kits no later than Friday, December 15, 2022. Schedule a drop-off time by completing this form. If you have questions or would like to contact us for a drop off, you can reach our Volunteer Coordinator, Wateen Osman at 612-872-4193 x2 or

Other Ways to Give

Not ready to commit to shopping for an entire Base Kit? You can also visit our Amazon Wish List and order some of our program’s most-needed items to be delivered right to our location.