Welcome Home Boxes

During this pandemic, we are reminded that one of the most basic blessings of life is having a home. Now, a segment of the homeless population has an exciting opportunity to have a place to call their own. Funding associated with COVID-19 relief has been earmarked for people who have enough income to meet monthly rent payments but lack the funds required for security deposits.

Imagine finding a permanent place to live, but having nothing to make that place feel like home. St. John’s — let’s help our neighbors fill their new homes by providing Welcome Home Boxes during the month of October!

Throughout the month of October, parishioners are invited to purchase items for the Welcome Home Boxes. Below is a comprehensive list of supplies every new home needs. Most of these items have been placed on our Amazon Wish List. You can help by buying from this Amazon list (select the option to have items shipped directly to St. John’s) or you can drop off items purchased locally between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sundays at St. John’s, or during the Lively Cafe pickup windows (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday).

The children of St. John’s will decorate the boxes with messages of love before they are distributed through The Kearney Center to our neighbors who are starting an exciting new chapter in their lives.

If you’d like to write a note to someone who will receive one of our “Welcome Home Boxes,” bring them by the church or mail them to us:

St. John’s Episcopal Church, “Attn: Welcome Home Box Neighbor,” 211 North Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Please share this opportunity with your friends!

Photo provided by and used with permission from The Kearney Center.

Bedroom:
• Sheets/pillowcases
• Blanket
• Pillows x 2
• Hangers (5-10pk)
• Hamper

Kitchen:
• Dish soap and sponges
• Cooking pot (1-2)
• Oven mitts X2
• Dishtowels
• Cooking utensils: ladle, spatula, whisk, etc.
• Food storage containers/Tupperware
• Can opener
• Plates and bowls X 2
• Utensils (spoon, fork, knife)
• Cups
• Aluminum foil, plastic wrap
• Paper towels
• Garbage bags
• Trash bin

Bathroom:
• Bath towels x2
• Washcloths x2
• Shower curtain and liner
• Shower curtain clips
• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste
• Trash bin
• Hand soap
• Toilet brush
• Toilet plunger
• Toilet paper
• Shampoo/conditioner

Living room:
• Lamp

Cleaning Supplies:
• Broom and dustpan if no carpet
• Mop/bucket
• Cleaning supplies – disinfectant, toilet bowl cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner
• Rags
• Laundry detergent and fabric softener/dryer sheet

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