Basic Human Needs encompasses
The Shelter, The Village and the HOPE Store.
Kristy Schofield, Director of Homeless and Housing at Dream Center Peoria
The Shelter is the only 24/7 emergency shelter in the area for women, children and families. We provide meals, showers and resources to help our guests break the cycle of homelessness.
122,276 nights of sleep to 1,324 individuals, of which 390 were children were achieved in the homeless shelter
The Village is a 2-year transitional housing program for women, families and children. The goal is to take a woman or family from homeless to self-sufficiency.
During their stay in the Village, residents complete intense case management, participate in a multitude of life skills from parenting to budgeting to anger management and given grace while they get back on their feet.
The Village has served 268 individuals, of which 117 were adults and 151 were children
The Hope Store
The HOPE Store is a free clothing and household item store. It is open twice a month to the public and upon appointment for area resources. Everything in the store is donated and everything is given out for free.
When do you accept donations?
We have volunteers available to assist with donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until noon. Otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your donations Tuesday through Friday and place them by the Hope Store door (first door on the right when you walk in the Hamilton Blvd. entrance.)
What do you take?
We accept good condition clothing, housewares such as plates, silverware, cups, pots and pans, towels, blankets, sheet sets, comforters and curtains, We only accept new toiletries such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, shaving supplies, and body wash. We can NOT take electronics or furniture (including baby furniture.)
Where are you located?
We are located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria. When you pull into the Hamilton Blvd. parking lot we are the first loading area right off of the alley.
When are you open to shop and do I need to bring anything?
We are open to shop on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month unless that falls on a holiday. You do not need to bring anything to shop.
How are donations used
Donations are sorted and the in season items are placed on the racks, off season items are stored. Clients are able to acquire items when the store is open free of charge.