Lake County Haven

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
Isaiah 1:17



Empowering homeless women and their children to achieve permanent, independent living.

The Lake County Haven is a social-service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and children. We use education, employment, and life-skills training to help people move from homelessness to independence. Throughout this process, our goal is always the long-term stability and self-sufficiency of each person.

Winter 2023 – 2024 Wish List

  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Powder (only) Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Powder (only) Dishwasher Detergent
  • Spray Cans of Disinfectant Aerosols (e.g., Lysol, etc.)
  • Spray Bottles of All-Purpose Cleaner—without bleach (e.g., Spic & Span, Lysol, etc.)
  • Bottles of Concentrated Household Cleaners (e.g., Lysol, Pine Sol, Mr. Clean, Fabuloso, etc.)
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Spray Cans of Air Freshener (e.g., Airwick, Glade, etc.)
  • Spray Cans of Furniture Polish (e.g., Pledge, etc.)
  • Heavier-Duty Cotton (or Microfiber) String Mops & Mop Head Replacements
  • Household Brooms
  • Sandwich Bags (e.g., Ziploc, etc.)
  • Gallon Freezer Bags (e.g., Ziploc, etc.)
  • Tall Kitchen Garbage Bags (13 Gallon)
  • Large Garbage Bags (30 Gallon)
  • Body Wash (full-size bottles)
  • Body Lotion (full-size bottles/tubes)
  • Women’s Shaving Cream (No razors, please!)
  • Bath Towels (new)
  • Bathroom Hand Towels (new)
  • Small Bedside Electric Alarm Clocks
  • Plastic Clothes Hangers (adult standard size), bundles of 10+
  • Women’s Underwear (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) – (new)
  • Standard-size Bed Pillows (new)
  • Standard Pillowcases (new)
  • Twin-size Sheet Sets-adult (new)
  • Umbrellas
  • Ice Melt (salt or comparable product for driveways/walkways)
  • Gift Cards: Target, Walmart, Aldi, Jewel, Menards, Walgreens & Visa

Your gifts & donations mean so much. Items are gratefully accepted by appointment only, M to F. To arrange a donation drop-off to our Libertyville admin office, please contact the Volunteer & Resource Coordinator: volunteer@ or 847 680-1870 (call or text). Only items currently needed at our shelters appear on the list above. Note: due to existing supplies of specific items, we are currently accepting a a restricted quantity of gently-used or new women’s clothing that is winter season-appropriate only (e.g., sweaters, pants, long-sleeve tops, etc.). However, we do not need winter coats or any winter gear such as hats, scarves or gloves. Additionally, we are not in need of any children’s or baby clothing, at this time. Thank you so much for your generous support!

 Want to do more than just donate material goods?  Kitchen Conversations are small gatherings at their main shelter in Libertyville where you can learn about homelessness: what causes it and what can end it. Then, sit with us around the kitchen table as we discuss pressing issues affecting local homeless women and children. Join the discussion of how to end homelessness in our lifetime. Your book club, workplace and other groups are welcome to schedule a special session as well. This 1-hour event is free and open to anyone who is concerned about homelessness.

For more information:  Phone: 847-680-117


Ways you can help

  1. Donate financially or Adopt a Night
  2. Donate items from their wish list
  3. Volunteer
    • Help plan and organize events such as holiday events, our spring fundraiser, and our holiday boutique.
    • Offer professional services
    • Help out on projects at the shelter
    • Jobs that need to be done:  Donation Sorters, Grocery Shoppers, Office Help, Drivers, Maintenance, Drop off Dinners
  4. Participate in the Kind Words Campaign, by entering words of encouragement on their web site.
  5. Spread the word.  Tell others about The Lake County Haven.
  6. Pray for this ministry.