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St. John's Lutheran Church
1276 White Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 583-6572
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Help Scratch off our Wish List
​New underwear and socks for men, women and children
Used for people who have lost everything through house fires, escaping abusive situations, straight out of prison, etc., we particularly welcome larger sizes.

Regular coffee, creamer, sugar and coffee cups
Mainly for the men staying in the Guest House. A hot cup of coffee is often very welcome when they return to the shelter in cold weather, hospitality helps us build a relationship with the men.

Cleaning materials - laundry detergent and dryer sheets, Windex, toilet and shower cleaners
Cleaning and laundry in the Guest House are daily tasks. The chores are divided between the residents.

DVDs (PG-13 or lower)
The men in the Guest House usually watch DVDs in the evening. It would be great to increase our collection)

Shoe deodorizing spray
We only put out the best of shoes, who wouldn't want them smelling lovely and fresh?

Razors and shaving cream
Staying in the Guest House is regarded as a hand up, not a hand out. Residents must take care of their personal hygiene; make progress with regards to employment, overcoming addiction, getting somewhere to live. It all starts with the little things....

Heavy Duty Tall Kitchen Trash bags
Much of our work in the Open Closet is sorting through donations. Clothing that is unusable is sent on to other organizations that can benefit from it. We have very little waste, and reuse bags too to keep costs down as much as possible. The Guest House uses plenty of these too!

Toilet rolls
During the 8 months the shelter is open, we may offer beds to 12 men every night. On an Open Closet 'Open Saturday' we often have over 200 people through the doors. Not the most thrilling item on our list, but essential none the less.

Demand for these in the OC is high. Condition must be very good, clean, and smell fresh.

New bedding for the guest house
We need fitted and flat sheets, mattress protectors for twin beds (preferably white) and standard size pillows.

Donate Your Time

Check out our Volunteer Page to find more ways you can help! 

​Donate to the Open Closet

  The Open Closet accepts:
  * gently-used clothing & accessories in all sizes for men, women, children, & babies
  * variety of small housewares
  * blankets, sheets, and towels
  * children's books and toys (non-electronic toys only, please)

  Donations are accepted:
  * Tuesday and Thursday mornings 
  * 1st & 3rd Saturday mornings
  * By appointment

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We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) for their assistance in purchasing air conditioning units for the Almost Home Open Closet and Guest House. Because of this generous contribution from the DRA two units were installed in the Open Closet enabling our volunteers to sort and distribute clothing, shoes, and household essentials to those in need in a safe and healthy environment and one unit was installed in the Guest House, giving us the capability to shelter homeless men during extreme hot weather conditions in the near future.