New Donation Center!

Due to an increasing number of interested donors and limited storage space in our shelters, as well as a need for tighter confidentiality/security of our locations, we are launching a stand-alone Donation’s Drop-Off Center.

96 Afton Parkway in Portsmouth on the corner of Afton & Irwin.

The Center will be open for donations at any time on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 AM - 7 PM, no appointments necessary. Please see the calendar to the right for February 2018's Center dates.

Clients at the HER Shelter will continue to have access to all donations, using them to furnish new homes, as well as to enrich their stay at the Shelter.

Questions? Please call our office or email

Support Us! 

If you are considering giving to us today, we have a few things to mention! 


2) Due to the generosity of people like you, we are able to offer even more services and assistance to our clients. In the world of nonprofits, there are grants that we receive that we must match or get reimbursed for - and in those cases personal donations like this are essential to continuing the flow of our services. You are literally making things happen for those in need! If you would like your donation to be specifically donated to a program or cause, please contact our office and let the administrator know. 

3) If you would rather write a check or make a donation in another fashion (as listed below), please see the contact information in the next tab for our mailing address and phone number. 

Thank you again! 

An Smart Way to Contribute!

This is a cool little nugget of information! If you go to, and type in Help & Emergency Response as your dedicated organization, Amazon donates a little gift to us in your honor with every purchase and at no extra cost to you! It's honestly that simple. The phrase below sums it up pretty well - "You shop. Amazon gives." As you get ready for the holiday season, there is going to be so many orders placed online - why not have them all count towards the HER Shelter? Cool huh?

Needs List: 

Below are lists of our on-going and time-specific needs. If there is no date listed by the item or list of items, then we likely experience a constant demand for it/them. If you have more questions about what we are currently accepting as donations, please feel free to give our main office a call or to contact Wynn (reached by email -

  • Shelter needs (while clients stay)

    As of 2/15/18: 

    • Bedding (twin-size sheets, pillows, pillowcases, bedspreads, etc.) 
    • Nonperishable Foods
    • Paper Products**** (toilet paper, paper towels)
    • Powder Laundry Detergent & Regular
    • Home Cleaning Products (wipes, brooms, etc)
    • Lysol Wipes & other Flu-alleviating items!
  • Aftercare needs (after clients leave)

    As of 2/15/18:

    • Nonperishable Foods and Cleaning Supplies
    • Bus Passes!!
    • Gift Cards (grocery stores, gas, Wal-Mart, pharmacy stores, etc.)
    • Bedding & Pillows (assorted sizes)
    • Towels (personal and kitchen)
    • Home Decor & Furniture (Please note: Furniture MUST be dropped off)
    • Pots & Pans
    • Kitchenware (plates, bowls, utensils, cups, mugs)
    • Certain items of furniture (please call 757-485-1073 and ask for Antonette)
  • Special Requests

    Sometimes requests are specific to the needs of clients! As of 2/15/18:

    • Reusable Lunch Boxes/Bags
    • Plungers, brooms, mop-heads!
    • Laundry Baskets