The biggest challenge we have at the shelter is lack of storage space! We operate on a “just-in-time” basis, meaning we must acquire items as-needed, rather than stockpiling and distributing. This means that while we appreciate the community’s generous desire to donate items, there are times where we are unable to accept them.

The best way to stay informed of our “just-in-time” needs is to follow us on Facebook and join our mailing list.

Please be sure to contact us at 703-854-1400 or before bringing items to the shelter.

Food items:

Groceries and meals are provided by volunteers and coordinated through a sign-up system. For links to these opportunities, see our volunteer page.

Clothing, toiletries, furniture, or other supplies:

We have the occasional need for furniture, household goods, and clothing. Please email us at if you have a possible donation.