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How to Reduce Homelessness in Toledo

Humanity Store
Humanity Store Logo

St. Paul's Community Center provides our homeless clients with temporary shelter, meals, basic grooming products, and clothing. These tangible goods and services, when supplemented with medical care and counseling, can help to restore what all humans need — dignity and a sense of belonging to a larger community.

When you "purchase" things in the Humanity Store, you are actually donating your cash to St. Paul's Community Center to help defray the costs of providing goods and services to the homeless. Some people find it easier to see the value of their donations when they can see what SPCC Toledo can do with the cash.

Please enjoy your giving experience and give as generously as your circumstances permit.

See the Store Items

Donate Goods to SPCC
Donated Goods

The list below is updated regularly based on St. Paul's most needed items:

  • Food — meat and canned food
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Single bed sheets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Blankets
  • Undergarments (men and women)
  • Socks
  • Outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves)

See a List of Ongoing Needs

Give Cash
Give Cash

Your donations help us help others! St. Paul’s Community Center’s mission can only be continued through financial support, donations and volunteers from the community. 80% of funding for our food program comes from monetary donations from individuals, churches and businesses.  Shelter operations also depend on donations of money, in-kind services and goods to supplement other sources of revenue and provide the programs and services that can be a lifeline for the individuals we serve.

Your donations are tax-deductible and critical to our continued operation. The need in our community continues to grow and your financial support is more important than ever to help the greater numbers of those in need.

We want to assure you of our commitment to excellence while giving you the comfort you need that your support is going to a well respected and credible organization. Therefore we make sure that St. Paul's Community Center meets the very highest standards of charitable accountability. We have earned accreditation by the Better Business Bureau’s Charity Seal Program as meeting its Standards for Charity Accountability. You can be assured that your support is being utilized prudently.

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Want to mail in your donation instead? Please mail your contribution to:

St. Paul's Community Center
230 13th Street
Toledo, OH 43604

To donate by phone or discuss planned giving options, call us at 419-255-5520

St. Paul's Community Center is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax advisers or the IRS to determine whether your contribution is deductible and to what extent is allowed.

Volunteer as an Individual
Volunteer as an Individual

Interested in volunteering? Contact us using the volunteer interest form (links are at the bottom of this page), or call St. Paul's at (419) 255-5520.

Volunteers are the heart of St. Paul's Community Center and fill many roles in our programs for the homeless and indigent. Many of our volunteers have special skills and gifts. If you have a professional skill, area of special knowledge or even a hobby you would like to share with our management or those we serve, please let us know.

We welcome the generosity and creativity of volunteers with access to funding, and will gladly work with you to develop a special day of service. For example, some groups fund painting days, enabling us to renew hallways, dining areas, and meeting rooms. Others have brought our outdoor areas to life with shrubs, flowers, and seating, bringing beauty and joy into the lives of our residents and guests.

There are always tasks requiring an extra hand in the kitchen, the office, or to simply pick up a donation and deliver it to the shelter. Whatever your skills, talents or abilities, you can help us to help those most at-risk in our community. We need volunteers to assist in all aspects of the operation and will be happy to find a way for you to help.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • “Adopt a Room” at the shelter or transitional housing for refurbishing
  • Pick up donations
  • Help in the shelter with general office duties
  • Assist with fundraising events
  • Conduct a food drive
  • Painting or landscaping

Volunteer now and help make a difference in your community! Read our Volunteer Guidelines

I Want To Volunteer

Volunteer as a Group
Volunteering as a group

Get Your Organization Involved

Give Money, Food, or Other Goods

We rely on the generosity of others to keep our programs running.

Volunteer

Group opportunities include meal service, tutoring, mentoring, and special projects.

Refer

If someone in your organization, or connected to your organization, is struggling with homelessness, addiction, poverty, or abuse, we are available to you.

Host a Speaker from St. Paul's

If you would like to host a speaker from St. Paul's Community Center to share a story and explain our work, please contact us.

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Volunteer Guidelines

  • Your role as a volunteer is a critical part of our operations at St. Paul's. The more you commit to volunteering, the more we depend on you. Please notify staff on shift as soon as possible if you cannot make your scheduled shift.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by an adult volunteer, and any children who accompany adult volunteers should be at least 12 years old.
  • Please arrive for your scheduled shift on time and stay for the period of time for which you have committed.
  • Please sign in at the front desk and wear your nametag or a volunteer button provided.
  • Please uphold St. Paul's confidentiality policy (see section below).
  • St. Paul's Community Center is dedicated to its core values: please treat all residents with respect and dignity and expect the same in return. If a client chooses to treat you or your work with disrespect, please do not respond in kind. Please do not raise your voice, posture or engage in any physical contact (except what is needed to get out of harms way), use inappropriate language or engage in conversation that is likely to escalate the problem.
  • Please defer to staff authority in all matters. Inform staff members of any rule violations or inappropriate situations that you may witness, but do not try to enforce rules with residents yourself – the work of holding residents accountable for their behavior should be handled by staff.
  • Please develop and maintain healthy, professional boundaries with our clients. Do not give clients personal information such as your last name, address, e-mail or phone number, and do not give rides, money or individual gifts to our clients.
  • Please seek permission in advance before photographing, videotaping or interviewing clients.
  • Proselytizing of religious or political views, verbally or with written materials, is not allowed.
  • Please do not open the doors at St. Paul's unless you are asked to do so by a staff member.
  • Please do not wear revealing clothing while volunteering.
  • Please do not come to the Shelter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

It is St. Paul's Community Center policy that we do not confirm or deny a person’s presence at St. Paul's, nor do we provide client information (name, current situation, etc.) to others. Exceptions are made in cases where it is vital to the client’s welfare or if the information is being requested by a law officer, and if either situation arises a staff member will communicate the necessary information that has been requested. As a volunteer, your presence at St. Paul's requires a level of trust and confidentiality. Please respect each person’s privacy, and be aware of the fact that clients may be sensitive about needing to use St. Paul's services and about the stigma that may be associated with homelessness. If you are unsure about a situation regarding client confidentiality, please ask the staff.