updated  November 18, 2019

Front Steps and the ARCH have made significant changes to our donation policy, in order to better serve our clients and to maximize our resources. This list is subject to change as we progress forward – it will be updated at least every two weeks or you can contact Natalie Freeburg (512) 305-4153 or nfreeburg@frontsteps.org

Financial donations are always welcome, and are used for items for clients like legal documents, job-specific clothing and other client-specific items.

Send checks or money orders, made out to Front Steps, to

Front Steps
PO Box 684519
Austin TX    78768

In-Kind donations are welcome, but please only donate the items below. We have provided links to the ideal products to donate, please understand that it is best for our clients, staff, and volunteers if the items we have to give to clients are the same/similar. It can be hard to give three clients in a row a costly pair of socks, and then offer the fourth man in line a pair of footies for women because that’s all that is left. Storage, staffing, and standardization are the reasons we try to manage the products we offer by providing specifications that work best.

If you have other items to donate, please contact us to see if we have a need for it. If ordering from Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and include a gift receipt. Ship to Natalie Freeburg, ARCH, 500 E 7th St, Austin TX 78701.

We currently need:

Tooth Brushes



Shaving Cream

Mens Underwear

Mens Incontinence Underwear (small to XL)

  • Please redirect other donations to local thrift stores who support nonprofit programming. By taking your intended donation to a store instead of leaving it on the sidewalk or handing it out to individuals on the sidewalk, you are making the right choice.
  • DO NOT pass out clothing or items to people outside the ARCH and DO NOT leave items, including food, on the sidewalk. Contributions to individuals outside our doors do not serve clients seeking solutions, and abandoned donations become litter that generates negative attention from the community. Food can pose a dangerous health threat to clients whose digestive systems are fragile or eat the food past health safety time frames.

Thank you for remembering our clients when making charitable decisions.