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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!


Click Here for a list of Welcome Kits

Address for Welcome Kit Collection Days:

946 W 17th Street

Houston, Texas 77008

Upcoming Collection Days:

Our next Collection Days will be in 2018!  We are grateful if you will collect Welcome Kit items over the holidays and plan to hang on to them until January 2018.  

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 (these are a continuous need but were also what we lost the most of during the flood):

  • Bed Pillows
  • Vacuum Cleaners (can be gently used)
  • Vacuum Bags
  • Standing Floor Lamps (unassembled and still in the  box)
  • Light Bulbs

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.

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

Kitchen Kit 1 ($200)
Includes dishes, cups, glasses, tea cups, mugs, plastic cups, silverware, and a silverware tray.

Kitchen Kit 2 ($225)
Includes skillet, large pot, small pot, baking dish, baking sheet, spatula, ladle, wooden spoon, and oven mitts.

Kitchen Kit 3 ($175)
Includes tea kettle, mixing bowls, cooking knives, cutting board, can opener, tupperware, dish towels, hand soap and a trash can.

Bathroom Kit ($150)
Includes bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, loofas, shower curtain, hand soap, toilet paper, waste basket and a floor mat.

Kid's Kit ($100)
Includes notebook paper, 2 plastic pocket folders, 2 spiral notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, crayons or markers, pencil pouch, ruler, glue stick, blunt-tipped scissors, band-aids, 1-2 gifts

Personal Care Kit ($100)
Includes toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bars of soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, body lotion, Q-tips and notepad with pens.

Cleaning Kit ($100)
Includes laundry basket, iron, broom and dustpan, sponges, toilet brush, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, laundry detergent, light bulbs, tissues, cleaning towels, dish soap, trash bags, napkins, and paper towels with holder.

Bedding Kit ($125)
Includes comforters (twin or queen), sheets (twin or queen), blankets, and pillows.


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