Gifts We Could Use

The Emergency Shelter, located at 2011 N. Meridian Street, is no longer a drop-off site for used donations. See details below:

  • Please deliver used donations to our Thrifty Threads Store, located at 1501 W. 86TH Street (on the corner of 86th and Ditch Road), Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
  • Please take new donations, including food and hygiene items, to the shelter front door for assistance, Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Supplies and Equipment

These items are always needed.  Your in-kind donations can help reduce the overhead of our daily operations.

Office equipment
Office supplies
School supplies


We welcome your special talents and services.  Here are a few areas where you can make the biggest impact.

Printing and design
Graphic artistry skills
Facility repairs
Facility maintenance and housekeeping

Clothing, Toys, Household Good and Furniture

We are always in need of gently used items for our clients. Donations are received and processed through our Thrifty Threads donation center.

Items donated to Thrifty Threads in good condition will be available to residents and clients of The Julian Center and other designated service providers as part of a voucher process so they can acquire necessary items at no cost. All items are available also to the general public and those monies go directly to support operating costs of The Julian Center.


Food Pantry Donations

The Julian Center maintains a Food Pantry as an outreach service to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The program ensures that victims can continue to feed themselves and their children after ending and leaving abusive relationships.

Food from the pantry is offered to:
Clients exiting the shelter and the transitional housing programs
Victims receiving services from our outreach advocacy programs including those who work with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Clients receiving therapy in our counseling center who need assistance
Individuals referred from partnering service providers
Past clients who need further assistance

The Food Pantry is stocked with donations from individuals and groups throughout the community and local food drives. Without this help, our shelves would be bare.

Where do I drop off my donation?

The Food Pantry is located in our Shelter at 2021 North Meridian Street (entrance is off the alley behind our Administration Building at 2011 North Meridian Street). Look for the Shelter entrance sign on the building.

How can I organize a food drive?

If you are interested in coordinating a food drive, please contact Heather Parker at or 317.941.2219 before finalizing your efforts. Heather will provide you with the latest list of needed items and information about other groups  planning similar drives.

Food Pantry Wish List

Needed Items
Please consider donating non-perishable items to our Food Pantry today. Items needed are likely the same products you already have in your home pantry. Items commonly needed are:

  • Boxed easy meals
  • Cereals
  • Coffee
  • Diapers
  • Fruit (canned)
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Pasta (boxed)
  • Pastas (canned)
  • Peanut butter
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Tuna/meat (canned)
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap
  • Paper products
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies

Gift certificates to local groceries are always accepted to purchase fresh produce, meats, and dairy.


Cell Phone Donations

Please consider donating your cell phone to The Julian Center. It can save a life!

How is your cell phone donation used? In two critical ways:

Phones in good working order are provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to be used in case of emergencies.
Phones not in good working order, and any in excess, are recycled to reduce toxic waste and to raise funds for victim services.

Your donation acts as a lifeline. How? Imagine being a victim walking to your car one evening and your abuser appears out from the dark. You are trapped. Your only escape is to call for help. Because of the generosity of someone you don’t even know, you have a phone in your pocket programmed to dial 911. With the push of a button, help is on the way.

On behalf of the women and children you will be helping, we thank you for considering The Julian Center.

Would you like to organize a cell phone drive?

It’s easy. It’s fun. And, your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers will thank you for putting their old cell phones to good use.

Usually you just need a sign or two, a collection box and you’re ready to go. If you have any questions, please contact us at (317)941-2200 and press option 3. We can provide you with the information you need, give you ideas, and help you with delivery.

Suggestions? Make it a family affair and work within your neighborhood, church or sporting events. Or, make it a group effort at work and challenge your co-workers to join in.

How to Donate

  1. Erase any stored information, including your contact list, text messages, and listings of incoming and outgoing numbers.
  2. Make sure your account has been cancelled (or transferred) with your service provider.
  3. Drop off your donation at our Shelter, 2011 North Meridian Street, or at our donation center, Thrifty Threads, 1501 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.