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A Master List of Home-Focused Charities

September 12, 2018

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I talk a lot about how much of a homebody I am. How our home is my favorite place to be and the majority of our posts are focused on tips and projects and improvements you, too, can make in your house to fall in love with it even more. I strongly believe that every home deserves to be loved, but infinitely more than that–every person should love where they live. It’s not lost on me that there are many tragic situations across the globe where that is not a fact or not possible. Where either a safe, healthy or happy home doesn’t exist and is instead replaced with hopelessness. With the relaunch of our line, Propertee, we have decided to donate 10% of all net profits to a home-focused charity so that we could be a part in helping others feel the love, comfort and safety a home should bring.

We had our own short list of home-focused charities, but when we asked you for any you’re passionate about on Instagram, the gates opened and so many deserving organizations flooded in. We are now making it a goal to choose a different charity each quarter to donate to. We want Propertee to feel good and to do good–thank you so much for helping us accomplish that goal.

  1. Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries: Their purpose is to protect, nurture, and restore children and families.
  2. Amirah: Giving hope to survivors of domestic sex trafficking by providing safe homes for survivors seeking new lives.
  3. Amos House: Helping to build strong individuals and families, sustainable communities and responsible businesses.
  4. Atlanta Mission: Atlanta Mission meets each person where they are, in their unique circumstances, to provide customized services to help them overcome the cause of their homelessness.
  5. Austin Angels: The Austin Angels’ mission is to walk alongside children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship.
  6. Beacon House: Providing supportive rehab programs in a supportive environment.
  7. The Birthday Party Project: Bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.
  8. Bloom Family Designs: Welcoming kids home by creating beautifully designed rooms for adopted and foster care children, at no cost to the family.
  9. Blueprint Ministries: Blueprint Ministries is a non-profit organization in the heart of urban San Antonio that provides servant leadership training for youth and adults while restoring homes for elderly, disabled and low income residents.
  10. Borromeo Housing: Empowering young single mothers to create a self-sustaining future through education, counseling and support, while they reside in a safe home.
  11. The Boulevard: The Boulevard of Chicago provides high quality, cost-effective medical respite care, holistic support and housing services to help ill and injured homeless adults break the cycle of homelessness, restore their health and rebuild their lives.
  12. Brethren Housing Association: Helps individuals and families, who are experiencing homelessness, achieve their potential by providing a holistic program of stable housing, supportive services, and loving relationships.
  13. Brevard Rescue Mission: Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing homeless women with children- housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills.
  14. Bridges: Bridges connects the housed and homeless to establish relationships that lead to greater acceptance and understanding, social and economic growth, and well-being.
  15. Bridging: Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
  16. Canine Companions for Independence: Non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
  17. Cass Community Social Services: Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.
  18. Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech: Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed.
  19. The Coalition for the Homeless: The Coalition for the Homeless is unique in providing both lifesaving frontline services and groundbreaking large-scale advocacy.
  20. Compassion Coalition: Serving the underprivileged, the needy, the poor, the afflicted and those lacking opportunity and basic life necessities such as affordable food, clothing, housing, transportation, employment and finances.
  21. Cover Home Repair: A mission to build community and foster hope through cooperation and fellowship among all home repair and reuse participants.
  22. Cure SMA: Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic cause of death for infants. They fund groundbreaking research and provide families the support they need for today.
  23. Dogs for our Brave: Providing professionally trained service and companion dogs at no cost to veterans who have suffered debilitating injury or illness while in service to our country. Their goal is to use rescue dogs at every opportunity, thus saving two lives at once. They also provide a continuum of free support that covers all food, veterinary care, and pharmaceuticals for the life of the dog to take care of the financial burden.
  24. The Drake House: Housing and education programs for homeless single mothers in north metro Atlanta.
  25. Dwell with Dignity: Dwell with Dignity designs and installs complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness.
  26. The Fisher House Foundation: Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
  27. Footprints of Flight: Footprints of Fight is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing services for the family and patient of pediatric cancer in Washington while going through the treatment process. The purpose of these services is to reduce the family’s stress of everyday life through which increased levels of courage, optimism, strength, and resiliency will form to help the family conquer cancer in present and future.
  28. Footsteps for Fertility Foundation: Their purpose is to raise infertility awareness and help ease the financial burden through grants to couples struggling with infertility.
  29. Furnishing Hope: Furnishing Hope’s mission is to facilitate healing, reduce stress and encourage the overall feeling of security for our families as they transition to independent living. This is accomplished by providing the furniture and supplies needed to create a nurturing home.
  30. Furniture For Families: Providing children and families with furniture and other household items.
  31. The Gatehouse: They fill the gap between short-term services and permanent self-supportiveness for women and children to end cycles of abuse and poverty and discover new paths for permanent change.
  32. Give Kids The World Village: Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families.
  33. Grace’s Table: Grace’s Table is a resting place, an anchor, and a firm foundation for teen mothers and their children, from mothers-to-be, to newborns and toddlers.
  34. GraceSon Housing Foundation: Providing housing for teen moms and their children who are homeless or living in unsafe living conditions
  35. The Green Chair Project: They reuse donated household furnishings to renew lives of participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis or disaster.
  36. Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home.
  37. Hamilton Families: San Francisco’s leading service provider to homeless families, with an array of highly effective programs at sites in San Francisco and Oakland.
  38. Home of the Innocents: Home of the Innocents (the Home) is where Louisville’s vulnerable children and youth find emotional, physical, and intellectual support that can transform their lives.
  39. Homes for our Troops: Building and donating specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
  40. Hope Lodge: Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better.
  41. HOPE Worldwide: HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives through the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.
  42. Housing Works: Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS  have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.
  43. Humble Design Chicago: Humble Design is a non-profit helping families transitioning out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services. They turn empty houses into clean, dignified and welcoming homes. It’s a very simple idea that can change a family’s future.
  44. ICCF: ICCF is a nonprofit housing corporation whose leadership is motivated by, and programs shaped by, its belief that all people deserve safe, clean, affordable housing.
  45. Illumination Foundation: Their mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary, services for the most vulnerable homeless clients in order to break the cycle of homelessness.
  46. International Rescue Committee: Saving lives in crisis areas around the world.
  47. The James Project: Rewriting the stories of children in foster care.
  48. Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters: Their programs prevent and address animal cruelty and provide much-needed medical treatment, rescues, and ultimately adoptions for homeless pets.
  49. La Dalia Initiative: Providing clean water to the rural village of La Dalia, Nicaragua. By providing water filtration systems and education on the importance of clean water we will help save lives, reduce waterborne illness, and ensure sustainable access to clean water.
  50. Lead with Love: Lead With Love is a heart-centered social impact organization for people committed to shifting culture from fear to love.
  51. Lighthouse for Hope: Lighthouse for Hope strives to flight alongside families experiencing the physical, emotional, and financial setbacks caused by pediatric cancer by providing them with support and assistance for day-to-day necessities.
  52. Little Pink House of Hope: Promoting breast cancer recovery by offering opportunities for survivors to reconnect and celebrate life.
  53. Lucie’s Place: Lucie’s Place provides LGBTQ young adults experiencing homelessness in Central Arkansas with safe living environments, job training and counseling services in order to ensure lifelong stability and success, and works to promote equality and acceptance for LGBTQ young adults.
  54. Mary’s Place: Empowering homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives.
  55. Mayday Foundation: The Mayday Foundation can provide immediate, practical help with household expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses.
  56. Miry’s List: Miry’s List is a movement of neighbors and friends dedicated to welcoming new arrival refugee families into our community through inspired crowdsourcing solutions.
  57. Mobile Loaves & Fishes: Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless in Austin, Texas and has spawned similar food truck programs in other cities across the country.
  58. NeedLink Nashville: NeedLink Nashville helps our neighbors meet basic needs in times of crisis by providing short-term assistance and links to other resources.
  59. NeighborWorks: NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.
  60. New Story Charity: Pioneering solutions to address global homelessness and imagine a world where no human lives in survival mode.
  61. Off the Floor Pittsburgh: Off the Floor Pittsburgh is a local non-profit which, since 2004, has provided basic used furniture like beds, dressers, tables, and chairs to disadvantaged families who lack these items.
  62. Operation Tiny Home: Operation Tiny Home is a national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life of dignity through custom high-quality tiny housing solutions and empowerment training programs.
  63. Orphanage Support Services Organization: Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) is a nonprofit whose mission is to do everything possible to help children living in orphanages and similar institutions reach their potential.
  64. Outreach Community Ministries: Their mission is to restore hope and provide opportunities for people to become all that they can be.
  65. Owen’s House: The Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester – the only program of its kind in the Greater Rochester region – delivers free, temporary childcare during family emergencies, including (but not limited to): medical emergencies, unexpected illness, accidents, unemployment, mental health episodes, unexpected death, domestic violence, homelessness, legal issues, unstable/unsafe housing.
  66. Positive Tomorrows: Educating homeless children and their families to break the cycle of poverty.
  67. Providence House: The mission of Providence House is to break the homeless cycle one family at a time. Providence House is a residential treatment facility for homeless families with children, providing comprehensive support services for improving the family structure.
  68. RAICES: RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.
  69. Rapha House: Their mission is to end the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children through aftercare for survivors, prevention for the vulnerable, and awareness for all.
  70. Rebuilding Together: Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.
  71. Restoration Blessings: Restoring strength, stability, and self-reliance to single women in our community through home and auto repair.
  72. Ronald McDonald House: Keeping families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need.
  73. SOS Children’s Villages: SOS Children’s Villages builds loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 135 countries, including the United States.
  74. The SafeChoice Program: The SafeChoice Program advocates for, educates, and supports those affected by domestic violence.
  75. Safe Families: Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, they temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.
  76. San Angelo Family Shelter: Their goal is to help victims of domestic violence find peace, security, and move forward.
  77. Sarah’s Circle: Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, they encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.
  78. Savvy Giving by Design: Savvy Giving by Design is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them.
  79. A Sense of Home: A Sense of Home (ASOH) creates first ever homes for former foster youth who “age out” of the foster care system having never been adopted. ASOH’s village of volunteers comes in and supplies everything to create a home.
  80. Shepherd’s Inn: Shepherd’s Inn is a non-profit pregnancy resource center.
  81. Shoes 4 the Shoeless: Their shoes and socks give hope, encouragement and comfort to local children in desperate need.
  82. Sleep in Heavenly Peace: A group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.
  83. Spare Key: Spare Key’s mission is to provide assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured family members through housing grant payment assistance, engaged resource referral and advocacy.
  84. Starfish Project: Starfish Project restores hope to exploited women in Asia. They provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and their social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers.
  85. St. Jude Children’s Hospital Target House: St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Target House is long-term lodging for kids who have to stay more than 90 days.
  86. Vet Ranch: Vet Ranch is a YouTube Channel whose goal is to spread awareness of the many homeless animals in need of medical attention.
  87. Volunteers of America: Ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.
  88. A Wider Circle: The mission of A Wider Circle is simple,to help one individual and one family after another to rise out of poverty.

If there is another home-focused charity you’re passionate about that we missed, let us know in the comments so we can add it.

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  1. Erica Hermsen says:

    I love your Proper Tee line and the mission behind it!

  2. Nicole says:

    Rejuvenating Women provides hope and restoration to women and young girls enslaved in human trafficking. The faith-based organization also has a 5,000 square foot home with a long-term therapeutic treatment program specifically created for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. The Restored Wings program and home integrates survivors into a caring, safe community of support, assistance and unconditional love. Legal assistance, weekly wellness opportunities and ongoing therapy sessions are offered at no charge to the women in the home, and survivors may stay for up to two years. The Restored Wings program also equips survivors with life skills, empowerment courses, parenting classes, an assigned mentor and educational opportunities to assist each woman’s unique healing journey. https://www.rejuvenatingwomen.com/restored-wings-program

  3. Kelly says:

    The MBA Opens Doors Foundation is dedicated to providing the comforts of home to families in crisis. Through our home grant program, we provide mortgage and rental assistance payment grants to parents and guardians caring for a critically ill or injured child, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes.

  4. Nicole M. says:

    Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW), is a not-for-profit in Chicago (celebrating 35 years) I volunteer with. I am also a member of the Associate Board. HOW provides supportive housing to help the growing number of Chicago families dealing with housing insecurity and homelessness while providing them with support services needed to empower them toward lifelong self-sufficiency. It’s an amazing organization! https://www.how-inc.org/

  5. Diana says:

    No ‘love thy neighborhood’ tee? I was too late getting it from Amazon ????. Love the other ones though!

  6. Sharee says:

    Families Helping Families! Such a great non-profit where families build homes for other families in Mexico over the Christmas holiday. Our family has participated and loved every minute of it. Each year the amount of building is based on financial donations and so any donation would help buy building materials and allow for more units to be built. Here is a little more about them and a link to their website. http://www.fhfmexico.org/

    Families Helping Families (FHF Mexico, Inc.) builds houses in Mexico for families in need. Using donations of time, money and material from both sides of the boarder, FHF constructs good solid homes of block and wood that will endure for generations. Many of the recipient families donate their time to build the houses and, when they are able, donate monetarily back to the foundation to provide funding for future houses. Their participation invests them in their houses and can result in them receiving title to their home.

    Our efforts benefit not only those who receive the houses, but also changes the lives of many who volunteer and donate their precious resources of time and money to build the houses. Volunteers from north of the boarder pay all their own expenses and travel to Mexico and build houses . They also contribute monetarily to purchase supplies and hire local laborers (to perform skilled tasks) to finish the houses.

    FHF Mexico, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non profit and has no paid administrators. Its sister non profit association in Mexico is “Casas Perpetuales. It is legally registered in Mexico and enables property ownership as well as many other non profit benefits for the entities.

  7. Carol says:

    Wellcome Home Kids – started by a former coworker to redecorate the rooms of kids coming home after long hospital stays. It’s pretty new but they are already doing great things! (https://www.wellcomehomekids.org/)

  8. Laura says:

    I sent you one with an identical name, but is a different foundation: Lead With Love @ leadwlove.org
    There fb page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LeadWLove/

    I know the couple who runs this. They literally run it out of their home. They provide the means for struggling women and babies/children/families.

    The couple who runs it has a mission to support all life and has already helped provide necessities to women facing eviction, women escaping violence, and women wanting an alternative to abortion. I love this foundation with all my heart and love your blog so much, it would be amazing to see them get more support!

  9. Debbie says:

    I love Abby’s House in Worcester, MA: https://www.abbyshouse.org/ They help battered women and children find safety. They are wonderful!

  10. KOKO says:

    I love this list! And I’m excited about the relaunch of this line. One charity I love, not sure if it would fit here, is Lost ‘n Found in Atlanta.

    They work exclusively with LGBTQ homeless youth, and have their own shelter (some religious shelters still kick out LGBTQ people/it may not always be safe for them). They help provide job training and assistance and help finding permanent housing. Many youth who they serve are kicked out by family, and their goal is to reach those within 48 hours before habits for survival can worsen their lives further.

    https://lnfy.org

  11. Erica S says:

    For those who like to be informed donors, Charity Navigator is an excellent resource to vet charities and see how your dollars make an impact. I love seeing all these great non profits to help keep lift others! Teamwork makes the dream work.

  12. Kristyn says:

    Congratulations on the relaunch! I’ve loved every teaser you guys have shown over the last few weeks and can’t wait to shop.

    I am also so glad my recommended charity (Brevard Rescue Mission) made the list. It’s a wonderful organization.

    Lastly, thank you for putting together this list. Every holiday season, I find myself wanting to give but wanting my donation to go to a smaller, lesser known charity that desperately needs support. I am bookmarking this list and will definitely be referencing it regularly.

  13. Melissa says:

    Sweet Dreams Foundation is another great charity! They design dream bedrooms for children with life threatening illnesses so they have their own little happy space at home.

    http://sweet-dreams.org

  14. Katherine says:

    I love this idea but I’m confused as to how some of these are home related. Maybe there should be a separate “charity master list” as well as a “home focused master list”. It’s a little confusing when you have a Pregnancy Support Center, Infertility Support, Medical charities, Veterinary charities, etc on the home list. I LOVE that y’all are donating part of your profits though and I’m sure that these are all very worthy causes!!

    • Julia says:

      These were 97% of the ones that were sent in. Many provided follow-up DMs with an explanation of how a certain charity helped their household, which were all very touching, so I decided to keep them in.

      • Katherine says:

        Ah, that makes sense if there was further information or personal stories related to it. I was just confused on first glance. Thanks for clarifying!

      • Katherine says:

        I’m so glad as well that y’all listed New Story as well. It’s such an awesome charity with TOTAL transparency. I would also like to throw Dec My Room http://www.decmyroom.org/ into the ring as well. They decorate the hospital rooms of children to make it more welcoming and more like their bedroom at home so they can relax and focus on healing.

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