Thank you for supporting St. Stephen's Human Services. Your gift will create safety, opportunity and growth for the thousands of individuals and families we serve. You are helping to end homelessness in our community.

St. Stephen's is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 01-0639118.

Donate Items

** As of March 17th, St. Stephen's is temporarily narrowing its wishlist to the most critical items we need at this time. Please schedule an appointment to drop off these items with Amanda (AHancer(at) or 612-481-9501), and please wear a mask to your appointment**

The only items we are currently accepting (by appointment) are:

  • Emergency blankets
  • 1-2 person tents
  • NEW or freshly laundered adult sleeping bags
  • Tarps
  • Rain ponchos/jackets for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
  • Backpacks (drawstring or traditional)
  • Jackets for all bodies (all sizes)
  • Warm winter gloves (all sizes)
  • Sturdy winter boots (all sizes)
  • NEW long underwear for all bodies (all sizes)
  • NEW wool socks
  • Handwarmers
  • NEW underwear for all bodies (all sizes)
  • NEW white t-shirts for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
  • Travel-sized toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, lotion, toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer (60%+ alcohol, travel size preferred)
  • Wet wipes (individual packs)
  • Lounge pants for all bodies (sizes L-4XL most needed)
  • Gift cards for fast food or gas
  • Infrared and traditional thermometers
  • Cell phones

Please schedule drop-off's (of these items only) in advance with Amanda, Volunteer & Giving Coordinator (AHancer(at) or 612-481-9501). Don't forget to wear a mask when you drop items off. If you have any questions about whether we are able to accept an item, please contact Amanda in advance. We deeply appreciate your support.

Click here to view our Amazon Wish List

*MASKS: Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommends the public wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are currently seeking donations of homemade cloth masks for our staff and clients. The CDC provided a guide on making both sewn and no-sew cloth face coverings that can be found here. We ask that donated masks are gender-neutral colors and patterns. If you have a more advanced level of sewing skills and are looking for a challenge, our shelter manager has found that this style of mask is more comfortable to wear than some of the simpler designs. All styles of mask donations will be accepted.


St. Stephen's accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-2PM -- at 2309 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Contact Amanda at 612-481-9501 or AHancer(at) with questions. We do not have the capacity to pick up donations from your location.

View our Printable Wish List  or  Purchase Items from our Amazon Wish List


If browsing by mobile phone, please click here to purchase items from our Amazon Wish List. 

Due to storage capacity, we can ONLY accept the items listed below. St. Stephen's no longer accepts general clothing or hand-knit/crocheted items. Clothing can be donated to the Central Lutheran Free Store

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For Clients Moving Into Housing

Clean Linens: Blankets (Twin, Full, Queen), Sheets (Twin, Full, Queen), NEW Pillows, Towels, Washcloths

Kitchenware: Pots, Pans, Cooking Utensils, Silverware, Plates, Drinking Glasses, Mugs

Cleaning Products: Lysol Wipes, All-Purpose Cleaning Spray, New Mops, Brooms, Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Sponges, Paper Towels, Dish Cloths

NEW Bathroom Supplies: Shower Curtains, Shower Curtain Rings, Toilet Paper

For Clients with Children: NEW Car Seats, NEW Disposable Baby Diapers and Pull-Ups, Baby Wipes, Unopened Powdered Formula, New or Gently-Used High Chairs, New or Gently Used Strollers

Small Household Electronics: Flat Screen TV’s with Converter, Microwaves, Toasters, Vacuums, Coffee Makers, Power Strips, Extension Cords, 9V Batteries


 For Shelter Guests and Clients Sleeping Outdoors

Outdoor Gear: Winter Gloves, Winter Hats, NEW Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms, Warm Adult Sleeping Bags, Emergency Blankets, Tents, Backpacks, Belts, Tarps, Bungee Cords

NEW Undergarments: Underwear, Boxers, White T-Shirts, Sweatpants, Wool Socks

NEW Hygiene Products (travel-sized): Shampoo, Body Wash, Deodorant, Razors, Shaving Cream, Feminine Hygiene Products, Conditioner, Lip Balm, Lotion, Nail Clippers, Combs/Picks, Tweezers, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Facial Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Q-Tips, Kleenex, Sunscreen

NEW First Aid Supplies: Bandages, Ointment, Gauze, Bottles of Water

Other: Cell Phones and Minutes; Bus Tokens/Passes

If you are planning to purchase and donate new items, please know that quality is more valuable to our clients than quantity. Five $20 pairs of gloves that will keep people warm for several winters are more useful than 20 pairs of $5 gloves that may not serve their purpose. Please feel free to contact us and ask what items would help our clients the most at this time.

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Stock Donation

Account Name: St. Stephen's Human Services, Inc.
Account Number: Merrill Lynch #610-02069
Delivery Instructions: DTC #8862
Contact: Nancy McNamara or Mark Ogren at 952-820-1932

If you intend to make a stock transfer, please send a note to development(at) so we can watch for the transfer. Thank you!

Easy Ways to Make a Planned Gift

1.  Will or Trust

Gifts from one’s will or revocable trusts constitute a majority of planned gifts. A donor can make a charitable bequest by providing a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of his or her estate, or what is left (remainder). If the donor is subject to estate taxes, a charitable deduction is allowed against those taxes. In many cases, the charitable provision may be made by a simple codicil to the will, which will not require rewriting the entire estate plan.

Here is some suggested language you can have your attorney review:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to St. Stephen’s Human Services (tax I.D. 01-0639118), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the sum of (insert dollar amount or percentage of your estate) for the benefit of its general purposes.”

2.  Securities

Gifts of appreciated stock (including stock in closely held companies) may also be made. Gifts of long-term appreciated stock (held more than one year) avoid capital gains taxes (Currently 15%) and their full fair market value is deductible as a charitable contribution from income taxes.

3.  Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans

Retirement account funds (IRA’s or company plans) may be transferred to a charity at death by proper beneficiary designation. If left to a child or other heir, these funds may be subject to double or triple taxation (federal estate, federal income, state death tax, state income) that may eliminate 70-80% of their benefit. However, a charity will receive 100% of the funds at no tax cost. These gifts are simple to complete requiring only a change of beneficiary form. Donors should ask their financial advisors for more information.

4.  Life Insurance

Life insurance is another way to make a substantial future gift. The charity is named as the owner and beneficiary to receive the proceeds of an existing life or new insurance policy. The donor receives a tax deduction for approximately the cash surrender value.

An alternative is for the donor to simply add the charity as a beneficiary to a policy. The donor retains the incidents of ownership over the policy, including the right to change the beneficiaries. However, the donor receives no income tax deduction.

Please consult your financial advisor and/or attorney to determine which planned giving option is best for you. For questions about St. Stephen’s giving options, contact Jodi at 612-879-7639.

Become a St. Stephen's Sustainer

Setting up your recurring gift is easy. Just click "Make this a recurring gift" on the Donation Form below. Your sustaining support means more people will have the opportunity to reach their housing goals and a brighter future.

If you are a current St. Stephen's Sustainer and would like to increase your monthly support, email Amber at development(at)

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