VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center is set to open in early September. But before they can open, they need help from the community.
The resource center is located on Witchduck Road, right off of Interstate 264.
“They can get connected to the system,” said Diane Hotaling, who works for the Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. “It’s a unique environment where the public and the private sector have come together to deliver services to make our community a better place for all of its citizens.”
The center has several shelters — an adult day shelter, an overnight single person shelter, a family shelter, and single residency apartments — which is why they’re collecting “move-in kits.”
“We would like for our friends to have new items in their new home,” Hotaling said. “We are collecting for bedding kits, bath kits, kitchen kits and cleaning kits. So our generous public has brought to us some cleaning supplies, so we have some cleaning supplies and we have some kitchen supplies. We have sponges, we all need those to clean our dishes.”
Hotaling placed collection bins in all of the Virginia Beach recreation centers yesterday. Some bins are already filling up.
“We are very fortunate to live in this community where people want to help each other,” she said.
The items may seem basic, but they could make a huge difference for someone in need.
Hotaling said, “I think it will make their journey toward self-sufficiency a little bit easier because they won’t have to go all over town to get what the need. They’ll be able to get it all in one place.”
Here’s what you need to know to get involved:
When: July 30 – Aug. 17
What to Donate: Please have all donated items be new and full sized
– Bath towel
– Hand towel
– Wash cloths
– Toilet brush
– Small pot with Lid
– Small frying pan with lid
– 4 plastic glasses
– 4-piece dish set
– 4-piece flatware
– Can opener
– Large serving spoon
– Large serving fork
– Dish towel
– Glass cleaner
– Dish soap
– Toilet cleaner
– Disinfectant cleaning product
– Multipurpose cleaner
– Small bleach
– Small laundry detergent
– Package of sponges
– Dust pan/brush set
Where to drop off donations: Any Virginia Beach Recreation Center
– Bayside Recreation Center 4500 First Court Road
– Bow Creek Recreation Center 3427 Club House Road
– Great Neck Recreation Center 2521 Shorehaven Drive
– Kempsville Recreation Center 800 Monmouth Lane
– Princess Anne Recreation Center 1400 Nimmo Parkway
– Seatack Recreation Center 141 S. Birdneck Road
– Williams Farm Recreation Center 5252 Learning Circle
Who: For more information you can visit their website or call Diane Hotaling at (757) 385-1278.
Donations are tax-deductible.
If you are homeless or at imminent risk of losing your housing, please call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with the City of Virginia Beach homeless services system.