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Hope — $500: Provides case management services, financial literacy training, and support from employment counselors to help families achieve their goals of stability.

Sweet Dreams — $250: Buys a new bed, pillow, and bedding for a child.

Kisses — $100: Provides grocery store gift cards for families moving out of the shelter.

Hugs — $50: Helps with transportation for a month for a working parent.

 Joy — Any amount: Your generous gift in any amount, any time brings a little something to everyone!

Increase your impact by making an online monthly sustaining contribution!

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Donate By Mail

Please send checks to: Stepping Stones Shelter, PO Box 712, Rockville, MD 20848

Donate Through Amazon

Click here to view our Amazon Wish List
*Amazon will also donate .5% of all of your Amazon purchases to the charity of your choice. To choose Stepping Stones Shelter as your beneficiary,  click the banner on the left.

In-kind Donations

Because of the overwhelming generosity of our surrounding community, we have been working to improve our donation process in order to: 1) manage the volume of in-kind donations more effectively; 2) communicate our needs with more consistency; and 3) provide clarity to our donors and staff as to which items we do and do not accept.

We always recognize and appreciate the good intentions behind every donation. However, the volume at which some items are donated is often beyond our capacity while we find ourselves in need of other items. For instance, there are months when we have to re-donate a significant portion of the clothing donated to us while we do not have enough laundry detergent for our current residents or the ability to give a family moving out a set of sheets for their children’s beds. By calling beforehand to let us know what you would like to donate, it allows us to direct you to the most appropriate place. As we make efforts to improve our donation process to be sure that your items get to those who need them most, whether here at Stepping Stones or to another charitable organization. We hope that in doing so, we can provide clarity, guidelines, consistency, and open communication channels to all parties involved, including our donors, staff, and volunteers. However, in order to transform and improve this process, we need your cooperation.

View our 2018 Donation Policies

To see what items we are most in need of, download our September 2018 Urgent Needs List, or view it here.

We request that you deliver your in-kind donations on weekdays between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Please put all donated items on the left side of the front door and come inside the front door to sign our donation log so that we may thank you for your contribution. Donation receipts (for tax purposes) can be found next to the donation log binder.

Sponsor a Family for the Holidays

We provide Thanksgiving food and Christmas presents to current families and past resident families who have moved out of shelter but still need assistance. Please contact Jadelle Fox-Minors if you have any questions.

Matching Gifts

Please check to see if your company participates in a matching gift program! Contact your Human Resources Department, and tell them you support Stepping Stones. We are happy to help with paperwork to assist your company in making the matching contribution.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving is easy! Fill out your pledge form and your gift will support Stepping Stones all year long!

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Host An Event

Host an event and donate proceeds to Stepping Stones Shelter. Stepping Stones Shelter staff are available to meet with groups and/or individuals who wish to explore the opportunity to have an event to support our programs and services.

Here are some ideas for an event:

  • Car Wash
  • Bake Sale
  • Wine Tasting
  • Company Dress Down Day
  • School Competitions
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Dinners
  • Host a Gala
  • Asking friends or family to donate on your behalf on special occasions ie., birthdays, weddings, etc.

The possibilities are endless. If interested in hosting an event please contact our Executive Director Stacey Erd via email at or by calling the shelter at 301-251-0567.

On behalf of the families we serve, we thank you for your support!