How You Can Help This Holiday Season

Check out the various ways you can help homeless families this holiday season:

Make a Financial Contribution.  Click here to provide a meaningful donation of any amount.

Donate New Toys or Other Gifts for our “Holiday Boutique”, a place where our parents can shop (for free, of course) for gifts for their families.  Help make the holidays bright for families in need.  Click here for the “Holiday Wish List” and more details about the gift drive.   

Donate Urgent Need ItemsClick here for our most recent list of urgent needs. Or, if you’d prefer, check out our latest “Urgent Needs Wish List” on for fast and easy ordering delivered straight to the shelter. 

All donations can be dropped off at the shelter preferably weekdays between 9:00 – 5:00. Upon arrival call the shelter (301) 251-0567 or ring the bell and a staff will accept your donation in a non-contact, socially distant manner.  Please ask for a tax receipt if you’d like one. 


Now Accepting Clothing Donations on a Selective Basis


Specifically, we are accepting donations of the following clothing items:

  • Clothing for young boys and male teenagers:
    New or lightly used tee-shirts, long sleeve tee-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, pajamas and robes.  
  • Female teenage clothing: 
    New or lightly used leggings, athletic clothing, sweatpants, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, pajamas and robes, comfortable tops, jeans, and sweaters.
  • Young women’s clothing ages 25-35 *Please keep in mind the age range of our mothers at Stepping Stones while making a clothing donation - thanks!
    New or lightly used basic blue, black, and khaki pants for young women for work, leggings, pajamas, robes, sweatpants, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, comfortable tops, sweaters and any other casual wear. Unfortunately we are not accepting professional suits.
  • Shoes: 
    Comfortable women’s work shoes including new or lightly used black flats, restaurant shoes, and low-heeled basic boots. Plus, all age and gender winter boots.
  • New underwear for girls, boys, teenagers, and women (all sizes)
  • New socks for girls, boys, teenagers, and women (all sizes)

*Please remember to donate with dignity and stick to the items on our list. Thank you so much!



Update 7/26/21: We’re delighted to announce that beginning August 2, 2021, Stepping Stones will welcome volunteers back to the Shelter. Opportunities will be limited to donation sorting, clothes closet and kitchen organizing, administrative, and school supply sorting and stuffing. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, opportunities to work with parents and children remain on hold.  All resident, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask inside Stepping Stones regardless of vaccination status.   

Click Here to be taken to the Volunteer Page, where you can access the volunteer application and read more about the opportunities available.  


Youth Volunteers & SSL Hours

3 SSL hours can be earned by a youth volunteer for providing a meal (lunch or dinner).   You must sign up to provide a meal and fulfill the request as described in the sign up below.  You will need to provide a completed SSL/Community Service form to Helen Domenici at  It can take up to 5 days for the form to be signed and returned. Sign up below to make dinner or lunch. 


All other off-site activities that a youth volunteer seeks to gain SSL hours must be pre-approved in advance by Helen Domenici, Director of Community Engagement at  Examples of off-site activities that require pre-approval include donation drives, baking, and knitting, etc.  

Students age 15 years or older can also earn SSL hours by providing in-shelter tutoring, child care, or playtime with the kids. Due to COVID-19, these activities have been suspended.


Paint & Sip

Our Paint & Sip was a great success! Many thanks to our wonderful local art teacher Lorin Burden, and the participants who got creative for a good cause! Plus, a major shout out to The Bottle Shop in Potomac for supplying the wine. 

Stepping Up With Laughter Was a Great Success!

Thank you to those who joined us for some laughter and fun and to our generous sponsors who made the event possible. Check out this video to see all the things that attendees and sponsors are making possible at Stepping Stones:

We had the honor of working with our past families to create this educational video on homelessness in Montgomery County sponsored by Montgomery County Media.