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WELCOME KITS

thE Mission

Refugees arrive to the United States with very little and have to quickly begin their lives over again. Welcome Kits are a significant part of us welcoming and honoring them when they first arrive in Houston. The Kits are filled with household items that give refugees the starting essentials they need to rebuild their lives here.

There are Welcome Kits for every major area of the home: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, cleaning, personal care and even a Kit for children which includes a backpack and school supplies. The hope is that these Kits would honor refugees arriving in Houston, welcoming them with dignity, while also meeting a very tangible need. We ask that you only collect new items for these Kits (except where specified). It’s also a great opportunity to invite your friends, work teams, or small groups to build a Kit together!

If you are planning a Welcome Kit Drive please contact us at welcomekits@houstonwelcomesrefugees.com so that we can help you plan your efforts and direct you to our biggest needs. We have also developed a Welcome Kit Toolkit that we'd love to share with you that includes tips for a successful drive, sample posters and graphics to make executing your drive as easy as possible!


THE DETAILS

Click Here for a list of Welcome Kits

Address for Welcome Kit Collection Days:

946 W 17th Street

Houston, Texas 77008

Current Needs:

Grocery Store Gift Cards:

To help us honor families as they arrive and help them with groceries, we are collecting Fiesta and Walmart Gift Cards in increments of $50 or less. 

Welcome Kit Needs :

  • Vacuum Cleaners (can be gently used)
  • Standing Floor Lamps (unassembled and still in the  box)
  • Bathroom Kits

Amazon Wish List:

Help us complete incomplete Welcome Kits by purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List. Items purchased will ship directly to HWR so we can complete Kits! Click here to view the list.

Contribution towards a Welcome Kit:

If you wish to donate towards the purchase of a specific Welcome Kit, see the suggested values below and click here to make a donation. 

Kitchen Kit 1 ($200)

Kitchen Kit 2 ($225)

Kitchen Kit 3 ($175)

Bathroom Kit ($150)

Kid's Kit ($100)

Personal Care Kit ($100)

Cleaning Kit ($100)

Bedding Kit ($125)

I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.
— Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General