Wish List

We are always in need of certain supplies to give to our guests. Our “wish list” is composed of things that are most needed at the Franciscan House and Franciscan Annex as well as at the Marquard Center.


  • Men’s underwear – sizes: M, L, XL, 2X, and a few 3X
  • Men’s crew neck T-shirts – sizes: L, XL, 2X, and a few 3X
  • Women’s underwear – sizes: S, M, L, 2X, 3X
  • Bras – all sizes, but especially 36-38 (B, C, & D cup)
  • Socks – men’s and women’s

Toiletry Items

Travel-size items that are given out to guests as packages. Save these extra items during your next hotel stay!

  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • razors
  • shaving cream
  • deodorant (men’s and women’s)
  • hand cream
  • moisturizer
  • bar soap
  • shampoo
  • feminine hygiene products

Linens & Towels

Items can be new or gently used.

  • Full-size bath towels (please no beach-size towels)
  • Blankets
    • twin-size only
    • can be gently used
    • no quilts, please


  • Ground coffee, cream, and sugar
  • Spices (especially Kosher Salt)
  • Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise
  • Butter (sticks and individual pats)
  • Gift Cards
    • Walgreen’s, Jewel/Osco, K-Mart, or McDonalds
    • CTA cards
    • amounts of $5, $10, or $20
    • send all gift cards to Franciscan Outreach, 1645 W. LeMoyne St.  Chicago, IL 60622
    • please indicate the amount on the card


In October, we begin collecting coats for men and women. Coats should warm, heavy, winter coats and in good condition. We have a large need for men’s coats of all sizes, especially L and XL. Adult sizes only.

Other Items

Along with the direct needs of the guests, we have other logistical needs. Some of these are:

  • Building & Maintenance Supplies
  • Vendors who can donate their time and services, such as:
    • Exterminators
    • Kitchen supplies
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Fire extinguisher refills
    • Security systems
  • $195 for a Food Handler’s License – needed by our full-time volunteers and the Interim Housing workers.
  • Office supplies
  • Small items for our Give Away Basket at the Marquard Center, such as:
    • Cards
    • Notebooks
    • Change purses
    • Costume jewelry
    • Portable music devices
    • Other small household or personal items
    • Please check with the office if you are unsure if an item is appropriate.

Please limit clothing and accessory donations to what is listed above.

Thank you for helping the homeless!