Shelter Update, 11/16/20

As the year comes to an end, we can report that Stepping Stones has remained fully operational throughout the pandemic, providing critical emergency shelter, food, and services to Montgomery County homeless families.  Covid-19 has made an already stressful situation for our families even more so, but nevertheless, we continue to chip away at the barriers to stable housing, including paying down eviction debt, expunging outdated criminal records, addressing credit issues, obtaining employment, and more.  As a result, most of our families transition into homes they can call their own within 90 days. 

Here are a few ways you can help:

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

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 right to the shelter. 

Donate New Toys or Other Gifts for the Holiday.  Help make the holidays bright for families in need.  Click here for holiday giving guidelines. Also, check out our latest “Holiday Gift Wish List on

Donate Gently Used or New Casual, Comfortable Winter Clothing and Shoes for Men, Women and Children Age 9+. Here’s what we need:

  • Winter coats
  • Shoes, boots, and sneakers
  • Sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies
  • Athletic wear
  • Women’s leggings
  • Underwear and socks (new only)
  • Hats, scarves, and gloves

Click here for more detailed list of clothing items we do and do not accept.

We are not able to accept the following items at this time:  

Please Note: You would HELP US tremendously if YOU DO NOT donate the following items:

  • Children’s clothing under age 9 
  • Spring and summer clothing 
  • Men’s and women’s professional clothing (suits, ties, high heels) 
  • Evening wear (gowns, cocktail dresses) 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Sample/trial size donations 
  • Airline kits 
  • School supplies 
  • Used baby gear 
  • Mattresses 

Donate Non-Perishable Food.  Most needed non-perishable foods include:

  • Cereal
  • Coffee pods
  • Single size chips, pretzels, and other snacks
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Juice boxes
  • Granola bars
  • Disposable water bottles
  • Pancake mix

Donation Drop Off Instructions

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. 

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.