One of the most rewarding experiences JCOC’s clients have after facing homelessness, is moving into a new apartment or house. What a blessing it is to have a place to call your own, a new beginning, a fresh start.

However, for many of our clients, turning this new space into a home can be a challenge. Imagine not having the basics like a set of dishes, silverware, towels and cleaning supplies. That’s where you and JCOC’s Welcome Home Baskets come in!

We invite you, faith-based organizations, businesses, families, and groups of friends to go shopping and put together one or several Welcome Home Baskets! Over the last 12 months, 52 clients thankfully received this gift as they moved from homelessness to housing. Over the next 12 months, we need 100 Welcome Home Baskets. How will you help?

Welcome Home Baskets are made up of the following new or gently used items:

Laundry Basket
Dinnerware, 4-piece set
Kitchen Utensils, 4-piece set
Pots & Pans, small set
Can Opener
Twin or Queen Bedding


Towels & Washcloths
Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Mop & Bucket
Broom & Dustpan
Cleaning Supplies
Trash Bags
Air Fresheners

Let our Volunteer Coordinator Krishna Loya know by September 23rd:

* How many Welcome Home Baskets your group can commit to.
* When you can drop off the completed baskets.

Krishna’s contact information is 491-2846, ext. 102 or

Gift cards to Walmart and Target in any amount can also be donated.

Looking for a smaller project?

JCOC’s food pantry shelves are in need of nonperishable food to use for our Family Food Box Program. Pick up a few of the following items on your next trip to the grocery store or hold a collection drive at your place of business or worship, your school or in your neighborhood.

Canned Meat and Fruit
Rice, small bags
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Pancake or Baking Mix
Snack Bars and Crackers

Donations can be delivered to our Dining Hall located at 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd. in Virginia Beach Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Thank you for your support!