Itasca Area Residents Will Receive Home Essential Packs to Help Them Transition into Stable Housing

This winter, area families transitioning into a new home will receive home and personal essentials through United Way of 1000 Lakes’ Home For Good initiative, previously Health & Hygiene Drive).

The program targets a household’s upward mobility by ensuring access to daily essentials and household staples like paper products, cleaning solutions, shampoo/conditioner, laundry supplies, and more.

The annual Home for Good initiative is part of United Way’s Safety Net impact pathway, through which the organization aims to meet basic and emerging needs and respond to crises. In its eleventh year, the program works with homelessness prevention advocates to support access to safe, affordable, stable housing.

This year, 16 local businesses, organizations, and churches, like St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Deerwood Bank, came together to host drop-box sites and collect donations. More than 100 kits will be distributed. Packs range from $20 to $120 and include up to 35 items each. For example, the Home Essential packs include a laundry basket with laundry pods, disinfectant wipes, dish soap, kitchen towels, dishcloths, garbage bags, and paper products.

“These items are valuable to those obtaining housing after being homeless or to someone who has fallen on hard times and needs a little extra support to get back on their feet,” said Heidi Larson of Northland Counseling. “Knowing there is a program in the community that can put much-needed items together is a blessing.”

To learn more about the program, visit uwlakes.org/home-for-good. Advocates, teachers, and other human service professionals can request adult, child, or family care packs by calling United Way at 218-999-7570 or emailing Molly Hiipakka, United Way community impact coordinator, at molly@uwlakes.org.