Holy Family Shelter: How You Can Help

While many people want to help by donating used clothes and household items, the single most effective way to assist the homeless families living at Holy Family Shelter is to financially support our work. The cost associated with serving homeless families annually continues to escalate, and financial assistance is vital to these families obtaining permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

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Please consider a financial donation in order for us to continue this important work. Contributions can be mailed directly to the shelter. Please make your donation payable to: Holy Family Shelter, 907 N. Holmes Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46222. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Click here to read three great examples of help that provided hope.

For information on volunteering and specific wish list needs or dropping off items please call the shelter at (317) 635-7830.

Holy Family Shelter Wish List

List of Constant Needs

What We Cannot Accept:

Household Items and Appliances: The families living at Holy Family Shelter do not need household items and appliances until they move out of the shelter. Our families are able to get these items through a wonderful partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. If you are interested in donating appliances and household furnishings, please contact St. Vincent de Paul directly by calling (317) 687-1006 or viewing their website at https://www.svdpindy.org.

Out-of-Season Clothing: While we deeply appreciate the generosity, we are frequently given used clothing and toys. So much so that we often have more than we need and have to sort it, bag it, and get it to another needy organization. This requires an enormous amount of time and expense that takes us away from working directly with the homeless families in residence at the shelter. If you are interested in donating used clothing, please call the shelter first at (317) 635-7830.


Volunteers are an integral part of the services we provide at Holy Family Shelter. Volunteers assist with meeting resident basic needs, client services, meal preparations, child care, special events, facilities maintenance, and other activities that promote and support our families along the path to self-sufficiency.

For more information on volunteering please call the shelter directly at (317) 635-7830.

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