Spring Cleaning for a Cause

Spring cleaning can be the perfect opportunity to declutter your home, reorganize your life, and start fresh for the days ahead … and at Pathlight HOME, it’s also a chance to change someone else’s life for the better. 

Although helping residents find safe, permanent housing is always step one of our approach, it’s only the beginning of a long journey toward stability. Once our residents have a roof over their heads, they still need essential day-to-day supplies … and that’s where the Pathlight Resource Center’s “marketplace” comes into play. 


Made possible by generous donations from the community, the marketplace is home to household goods, clothing, toiletries and other essentials, available to our residents at no cost as they furnish their new apartment.

As you embark on your spring (or summer, winter or fall) cleaning this year, there’s no better opportunity to double your impact by donating what you no longer need: 

  • Out of the Closet: If your closet is filled with clothing you haven’t worn in months (or years), consider passing it on to someone who needs it. Pathlight’s marketplace is especially in need of men’s clothing, walking shoes (size 8+), and umbrellas.


  • Around the House: Give your lightly used linens and household goods a new lease on life by helping a Pathlight resident furnish their new space. Great donation candidates include lamps, shower curtains and rings, sheet sets, pillows, comforters, throw blankets and mattress covers.


  • In the Kitchen: If it’s been a while since you last decluttered, you may find yourself with extra dishware, utensils, or household goods in need of a new home. Cooking pots and pans, can openers, Tupperware, and cutlery are all welcome donations at Pathlight’s marketplace.


  • Cleaning Up: Give someone else a fresh start in life by donating extra cleaning supplies and tools, including brooms, mops, trash cans and unopened cleaning products. These simple necessities can make a big difference!

Once you’ve gathered a load of household goods that you’re ready to give away (and double-checked that they’re clean and in good condition), stop by the Pathlight Resource Center’s marketplace on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 2-4 p.m. to drop off your donations. 


Looking for more ways to help? You can also make a difference year-round by donating new and unopened essentials: toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, full-size toiletries, adult diapers, underwear, and canned goods for our food pantry. (Or save yourself a trip by making a financial donation or shopping high-need items on our AmazonSmile wish list.)