Move-in Kits Needed for Formerly Homeless Individuals

Housewarming Donation Drive July 30 – Aug. 17

Thursday, July 26, 2018

​Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation in partnership with nonprofit Virginia Supportive Housing is holding a housewarming donation drive from July 30 through Aug. 17 to collect move-in kits of basic household items. The kits will help welcome formerly homeless individuals into their new homes at the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center and in the community.

"Many of our clients are moving into their new homes directly from shelter or off the streets with not much more than the clothes on their back," said Pam Shine, homeless system manager with Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. "Having the basic items they need to make a fresh start will go a long way in making their new unit feel more like a home."

Bedding, bath, kitchen and cleaning kits with new, full-sized items are needed. Complete kits are most helpful but any quantity of the items below are appreciated:

Bedding KitBath Kit​​Kitchen Kit​Cleaning Kit
  • ​Twin sheets
  • Twin blankets
  • Pillow
  • Twin comforter
  • ​Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Wash cloths
  • Toilet brush
  • ​Small pot with Lid
  • Small frying pan with lid
  • 4 plastic glasses
  • 4-piece dish set
  • 4-piece flatware
  • Can opener
  • Large serving spoon
  • Large serving fork
  • Dish towel

  • ​Glass cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Disinfectant cleaning product
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Small bleach
  • Small laundry detergent
  • Package of sponges
  • Broom
  • Dust pan/brush set

Donations can be dropped off at any Virginia Beach recreation center:

  • Bayside Recreation Center, 4500 First Court Road
  • Bow Creek Recreation Center, 3427 Club House Road
  • Great Neck Recreation Center, 2521 Shorehaven Drive
  • Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane
  • Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway
  • Seatack Recreation Center, 141 S. Birdneck Road
  • Williams Farm Recreation Center, 5252 Learning Circle

Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the donation drive, visit or call Diane Hotaling at (757) 385-1278.

The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center, scheduled to open later this summer at 104 N. Witchduck Road, is a one-stop-shop of services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. The integration of shelter, housing, health clinic, cafeteria, learning facility, supportive services and community resources in one facility makes it the first of its kind in South Hampton Roads. At the Housing Resource Center, our community system of City agencies, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations are able to focus and grow our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in Virginia Beach. For more information, visit

If you are homeless or at imminent risk of losing your housing, please call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with the City of Virginia Beach homeless services system. 

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