At this time, The Family Center will not accept any used clothing.

All services are provided at no cost to the client.

Monetary Donations


Ways You Can Help:
Donate Now

You can make an immediate contribution today to help make a difference in the life of a victim of violence and abuse.


Check/Cash Donations:

If you would like to donate using a check, please make your check payable to:

The Family Center. 

Checks/cash can be mailed to or dropped off at: 500 25th Street North, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.


Give a Monthly Gift

You can become a monthly sponsor and ensure The Family Center has steady, continuous support to provide services for individuals and families.


Sponsor a Family

You can provide food, shelter, counseling, social activities, and many other supports to meet the needs of a victim and/or their child while they are in the shelter.


In the past 12 months, The Family Center provided 3,633 nights of shelter!


A gift of:

  • $80 will provide one night of safe shelter for a victim or their child.

  • $160 will provide two nights of safe shelter for a victim or their child.

  • $1,120 provides two weeks of shelter for a victim.

Honor Someone

Honor or remember a special person in your life by giving a gift in his/her name.


Create a Legacy

You do not have to be wealthy to make a significant gift. Through planned giving, you can create a legacy to help future generations. 


As a 501(c)(3) organization, The Family Center is eligible to receive bequests. A bequest from a will or a trust distribution to The Family Center is fully deductible for federal estate tax purposes, regardless of the size of the bequest. Such a bequest would help you provide for the continuity of The Family Center’s work in the future. Contact us to find out more information at 715-421-1559.  

In-Kind Donations

The Family Center accepts all donations that are in working/good condition. We also do not accept items that are not clean, not in working order, or that have missing parts.


We reserve the right to refuse any items not meeting our guidelines. Please feel free to call if you have a question or email about something you would like to donate.


Your donations serve three purposes:

  • Provides needed items within the shelter and for clients 

  • helps defray operating costs, and

  • encourages community support for The Family Center and the people we serve

Please bring donations to The Family Center Donation Center, located at the south end of the building. Ring the bell, and a staff member will arrive to assist you. It is helpful if you call 715-421-1559 before coming so we can have someone assist you.


The Family Center Donation Center is open

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Closed Fridays at the current time. You can call 715-421-1559 for donations outside of these hours. 


General needs: 

Personal care items: Toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair products, body wash, deodorant, lotions, sun screen, feminine products, over-the-counter medications, Kleenex, diapers, diaper wipes, razors, shaving cream.

New/gently used household items: Small appliances, lamps, bath towels, sheets, blankets, batteries, new pillows.

Kitchen items: Dishes, kitchen towels, silverware, glassware, pots/pans, storage containers, zipper-close storage bags, paper napkins, paper plates. 

Cleaning items: Laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, liquid hand soap (no bars, please), sanitizing wipes, all-purpose cleaner, brooms and mops, sponges, garbage bags, paper towels.

Food items: Hot/cold cereal, pancake mix/syrup, canned and fresh meats, canned and fresh fruits, rice, peanut butter, jelly, pastas, macaroni and cheese, ethnic foods, perishable items (milk, vegetables, eggs, etc.)

Holiday items: Easter baskets, pumpkins, Mother's Day items, Christmas gifts.

Gift cards: Restaurant, gas, pharmacy, food gift cards for clients in small denominations.

Office supplies: Copy paper, Post-it notes, envelopes, stamps, markers.

Follow The Family Center on Facebook for specific items of need.

Some items we do not generally accept. Please call if you have a question.

  • Used stuffed animals

  • Used clothing 

  • Electronics (televisions, computers, etc.) Working flat screens less than a year old will be accepted.

  • Car seats

  • Cribs, walkers, etc. due to safety requirements. Please call if you have questions.

  • Canned peas, beans, and corn. At this time, we have an overabundance of these specific items. Please check back or follow Facebook for specific needs.

  • Expired foods. 

  • Hotel-size soaps, shampoos, etc.

Furniture notes: If you have large-size furniture items you would like to donate, please call The Family Center at 715-421-1559 with information about the items. This information will be shared with advocates who know what items are needed by clients, and The Family Center will connect back with you.

Questions? Email or call 715-421-1559