Help fill Care Packs for homeless

House of Hope regularly provides Care Packs — backpacks full of necessities for people who are living without a stable home. But supplies are running low, and the agency is calling for help.

This is a great project for neighbors, businesses, churches and other groups.

All County Automotive, will be collecting items for Care Packs throughout March at its location at 877 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart. Edgewater Property & Realty also is accepting donations, 5909 S Federal Hwy., Stuart.

House of Hope serves about 80 homeless people each month through its service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

Following are items that are currently in short supply.

  • AA batteries.
  • Raincoats.
  • Tarps.
  • Can openers.
  • Bug spray.

House of Hope appreciates the following efforts that have kept the Care Packs on hand:

  • First Presbyterian Church of Stuart donated 40 “Blessings Bags” for Valentine’s Day 2016. The mission committee at the church filled the bags with personal care essentials, socks, small food items and water. At House of Hope, volunteers inserted the bags into backpacks, which were then shared with each House of Hope branch for distribution to homeless people in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach and Stuart.
  • Piper’s Landing residents raised $1,000 to provide new backpacks and essentials that were distributed to homeless people throughout 2015. The caring continues in Piper’s Landing, as residents Dannel Schwartz & Suzi Romanik recently donated 24 backpacks along with water bottles and lip balm.
  • Coastal Life Church has contributed backpacks and supplies, and Forward Electric collected peanut butter.

Here is a flyer with a complete suggested shopping list:

For more information, please contact Dawn Abate, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1002, or