In-Kind Giving

While monetary donations are very important, we also rely on in-kind donations from individuals and businesses. We are so grateful for the generosity of all our community partners.


In order to maintain the health and safety of all Hope Center clients, staff, volunteers and donors, we are only accepting drive through donations until further notice. Acceptable items and drop off locations are listed below. 

Emergency Shelter

360 W Loudon Ave | 859-252-7881


Bottled water

HopeMobile sack lunches – Sandwiches, chips, granola bars


Gloves (Size XL)


Hand sanitizer

Over-the-counter medicine (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, alcohol-free cough syrup)

Men’s Recovery Center 

250 W Loudon Ave | 859-225-4673






Cleaning supplies

Hand sanitizer



Women’s Recovery Center

1524 Versailles Road | 859-252-2002


Bras and underwear (all sizes)

Feminine hygiene products

Alcohol-free hand sanitizer

Paper, pens, pencils

Phone cards


Call the front desk when you arrive and a staff member will come get the donation from your car. Thank you for giving hope and providing for our clients as we adapt to these new circumstances.  

A safe way for individuals, families or groups to give back:

Hope Center’s Reverse Advent Calendar – Each day in December, add an item to your donation box and drop off at the end of the month to the Jacob’s Hope Cafeteria. Click here for full list of needs and details.

12 Days of Christmas – This is a great way for groups to come together and prepare a special holiday meal for our Hope Center clients! Please click here to view all details and how to reserve a date to feed the homeless this holiday season – slots fill up quickly!

Give a Gift for the Annual Client Christmas Party on Dec. 17  – Click here to learn more about how to spread some Christmas cheer to those who need it the most! All clients and their children will receive a gift, Christmas cookies and good cheer. Donate new items, gift cards or shop the Amazon Wish List to give back during the holidays!


The Hope Center’s Mobile Outreach Program, the HopeMobile, is parked at a different downtown location each weekday. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers to prepare the 100+ sack lunches that are distributed to people in need each weekday.

Sandwiches for the HopeMobile should be high-protein with no condiments. For example, turkey or bologna and cheese, or PB&J. We have packets of mayo/mustard that we give out with them, so they don’t get soggy if we need to store them overnight. Please place each sandwich in an individual Ziploc bag. We do prefer meat and cheese sandwiches, as they last a bit longer. For sack lunches, please include fruit cups, fruit, granola bars, beef jerky sticks, cookies or individually wrapped snack items or crackers.

Sandwiches and sack lunches may be dropped off at the Men’s Emergency Shelter, 360 W. Loudon, any day between 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Please call the front desk at 859-252-7881 and they will send a staff member to your vehicle to pick up your donation, as we are only allowing staff and clients inside the Shelter at this time. You do not need to schedule your sandwich making time, just drop off donations when it’s convenient for you, and there’s no set amount you need to prepare. Thank you for helping us serve those most in need here in our community!


Our clients are getting back on their feet, and the Hope Center can always use donations of gently-used clothing, household items and travel size personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream and deodorant. We cannot accept any alcohol based toiletries including hand sanitizer or mouthwash.

Donations of Men’s Clothing and Toiletries, as well as hats, gloves and outerwear may be dropped off at the Hope Center’s Men’s Emergency Shelter located at 360 W. Loudon Avenue in Lexington, KY.

Donations of Women’s Clothing may be dropped off at the Hope Center’s Ball-Quantrell Recovery Center for Women, located at 1524 Versailles Road in Lexington, KY.


The Jacobs Hope Cafeteria provides over 38,000 meals per month to our homeless clients. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days per year, and we rely on the generosity of donors to help offset the cost of food. Donating food is a great way to help rebuild lives here in our community. Food donations may be dropped off at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria, located at 299 W. Loudon Avenue.


The Hope Center serves more than 800 people each day and night. There are many needs to be met and many items needed. Donations such as the following are needed every day. If you have any questions about donating in-kind items, please contact Carey Cairo at 859-721-0144 ext 222. All donations for men can be dropped off at the Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Avenue. Women’s items can be dropped off at the Women’s Recovery Center.

Bus passes
Flip flops/shower shoes
Shaving cream
Disposable razors
Travel-size soaps

Sheets (twin)
Towels and washcloths
Feminine hygiene products
Men’s and women’s clothing
Hoodie sweatshirts

NEW white socks for men
NEW men’s underwear
NEW women’s bras and underwear
Notebook paper
Greeting cards
Office supplies

Calamine lotion
Milk of Magnesia
Robitussin PM (alcohol free)
Cough drops
Ensure meal supplement

Get Help

Emergency Shelter

360 W. Loudon Ave. Lexington, KY 40508


Hyde Hope Health Clinic: 859-225-5035

(For Recovery Program intake, call the Emergency Shelter and ask for Intake)

Reach Us

Men's Recovery Intake Number


Women's Recovery Intake Number


Donations & volunteers


The Hope Center is a 501c3 non-profit.
For all donations or volunteer assistance contact the Development Department at 859-721-0144.

For Men’s Emergency Shelter and Recovery Program questions and intake call 859-252-7881.
For Women’s Recovery Program intake call 859-252-2002.

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