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Have You Ever Wanted to Help the Homeless in a Meaningful Way? 

Now's your chance with the Homeless Shelter Shopping Initiative.


Founded in 2018, the Homeless Shelter Shopping Initiative is a dedicated group of volunteers from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark on a mission to provide new clothing and essential household items to homeless New Jersey residents.



Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing for those New Jerseyans with no other place to go. We welcome them with warmth, safety and other basic needs like clothing, towels, and bedding.



But meeting the needs of our shelter residents and those suffering from housing insecurity continues to be challenging. We can't do it without the generosity of others!

As of January 2020, New Jersey had an estimated 9,662 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Fortunately, last year Catholic Charities was able to provide 78,767 nights of shelter and 155,000 plus meals for children, women, men, seniors, veterans, and those with HIVWith your generous help, we can do even more this year!



  1. We raise money from generous and caring friends in our community like you.

  2. Donations are collected and totaled which will determine how much our volunteers can purchase for our shelters. Our focus is on the essentials like Bedding/Warm Blankets & Linens, Cleaning supplies, Warm Clothing (Undergarments, Coats, Boots, Hats, Mittens), Electronics, Kitchen Items, Toiletries, and more.

  3. On the shopping day, our volunteers meet at Walmart in Linden, NJ (date/time to be determined). Volunteers shop together for items throughout Walmart.

  4. Volunteers purchase items with funds raised from this initiative. Purchases are packed up in vehicles and volunteers deliver items to shelters and our other facilities. 




Make a Generous Donation or Volunteer in the Future to Shop

100% of your tax-deductible donation (minus a nominal 3.63% credit card processing fee) will be used towards the purchase of clothing and essential items for our nine facilities.  Note: You can increase your total giving to 100% of your donation by clicking YES to checkbox "I would also like to apply my credit card processing fees to my donation."   

To volunteer and shop, please email [email protected] or phone 203.921.9224.   Thank you! 

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