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Last year, The Family Center provided more than 4,500 nights of shelter.


Your gift of

  • $56 buys winter clothing for a child in shelter who left home with only the clothes on their back.

  • $86 will provide one night of safe shelter for a victim or their child.

  • $172 provides two nights of safe shelter. 

  • $602 provides one week of safe shelter.

  • $792 provides three months of food for shelter families.

Your financial support is needed for The Family Center to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault find a shelter from the storm, protect those in danger of homicide, and help victims regain a sense of well-being for themselves and their children.


We need your help to safely provide a bright light of hope to victims at their lowest point!

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.


Your donations help 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.

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.  

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



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: Hair conditioner

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.

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

Office supplies: Copy paper, Post-it notes, envelopes (Size #10), stamps, markers.

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

NEW!!! Target wish list!

Some items we do not generally accept are listed below. 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. Please call ahead (715-421-1559)

  • 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