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Item Donations

When individuals come into our shelter they often come with little to no belongings. Genesis House provides our residents with any basic items they may need including hygienic items, food, as well as anything they need for their children such as diapers, wipes, and formula. Genesis House relies on the generous contributions from the community for many of these items. Donation needs vary based on what we have in our donation room. For the latest list of agency needs check out our wish list below or for more information about making a donation call Genesis House at (440)-244-1853.

Open Donation Drop-Off Times
Mondays: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
*or by appointment
*Excludes Holidays

Location: 2929 W. River Rd. Elyria, OH 44035

How far does a $20 donation to Genesis House go?
  • Provides an hour of domestic violence advocacy…or

  • Provides an hour of play group for a child…or

  • Provides 1 hour of  coverage on our 24 hour Hotline…or

  • Provides an hour of 1-to-1 crisis intervention…or

  • Feeds a mother and her child at our shelter for a day

To Schedule, a drop-off time outside of open donation hours call 440-244-1853 and select option 2.

Please Note: We have recently started acc
epting used items such as gently used kitchenware, baby items, gently used clothing, and more. Due to a wonderful but overwhelming response, we are now only accepting used items on the last Monday and Friday of the month to ensure we have enough staff and volunteers to properly sort and organize these donations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Wish List

Updated 6/24/24

  • Cleaning products

  • Laundry Soap (large, small & Pods)

  • Diapers (Sizes 5,6 &7)

  • New Pajamas (all sizes)

  • Baby Wipes

  • Pull-ups

  • Trash Bags

  • Dish Soap

  • Paper Towels

  • Women's Shampoo and Conditioner Sets

  • Sensitive Skin Body Wash (like Dove)

  • Unscented Lotion (Jergens, Dove, Vaseline, etc)

  • Kids Shampoos (2in1)

  • Kids toothpaste

  • Baby Lotion

  • Swiffer wet cloths 

  • Deodorant

  • Multicultural hair care products

  • Postage Stamps

  • *** Please Note That We Do Not Accept Donations Of Hotel/Travel Sized Items.

Support Group Materials Wish List:

  • Fidget/Sensory items (fidget spinner/cubes, pop-its, tangle, stretch noodles, etc)

How To Start A Donation Drive:

Choose a Theme

Choose what kind of donation you’d like to give. We have found that choosing a theme (food, diapers, shower items) works best.

Set Duration

Choose the length of your drive. It could be a week, a month, or a season.

Designate Location

Place a receptacle that’s easy to find. Put identifiable signs on the receptacle.


Advertise your drive on social media and any other way to get noticed.

Call Genesis House

When your drive ends call Genesis House to arrange to drop off the donations.

Monetary Donations

To sustain our mission to provide a comprehensive array of services to domestic violence victims in Lorain County, Genesis House relies on the generous contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Lorain County. Whether your company or organization has $1,000 or $100,000 in charitable dollars set aside, Genesis House has an opportunity for you to become a community partner. We can tailor a giving program to your company’s budget and philanthropic needs. Every dollar will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality domestic violence education and support services in Lorain County.


Corporate Funding

By Becoming a corporate partner with Genesis House you have the opportunity to:

  • provide a year’s worth of funding to help feed our residents who rely on us not only for safe shelter but for three meals a day while they are with us.

  • Support our Youth Education Prevention Services that reaches out to area students in elementary, middle and high schools.

  • Or help support any other of our other diverse services offered to the community.

Event Sponsorship

Become a sponsor for one of our annual fundraising events. We welcome the opportunity to sit down with you to discuss potential sponsorship possibilities. For More Information about event sponsorship Contact Kierston, our Special Projects Coordinator at (440)-233-8150 or

Foundation Grants

Foundation grants represent not only a substantial, but a critical, source of funding for our organization. Foundations have the opportunity to allocate funds to specific programs or general operating support.

Matching Gift Programs

Genesis House encourages companies to join with their employees to support charitable organizations with a matching gift program.

Tribute Gifts

Corporations will often donate money “in honor of” their clients during the holiday season.  Host a Fundraising Event and donate the proceeds to the lifesaving work of Genesis House. From restaurant grand opening celebrations to annual golf tournaments, many generous businesses and organizations may choose Genesis House to benefit from their self-organized special events and efforts.

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