Autumn is nearly here, and I am always curious about when the clocks will change back to standard time. This year, it lands on November 3rd.  For me, that extra hour feels like a treat, an hour for rest and replenishment. But for those who are homeless, it means one more hour to survive the elements. “Fall-back” indicates that the longest and coldest nights are ahead.

90% of homeless adults need a new, warm coat each winter because they have no place to store one over the summer months. That means coat drives play an important role every year in making sure everyone has equal access to this essential offering.

On October 1st, EGH will launch our winter coat drive. We will be accepting donations of coats throughout the month of October. Gently used or new coats in all sizes are needed, but especially large or extra-large hooded coats. Raincoats and rain ponchos are also welcome.

When EGH distributes your donated coats, women enjoy “shopping” from the vast array of sizes and choices. In fact, part of the experience is helping each other select styles and colors. Staff and volunteers often hear words of gratitude, particularly how touched women feel that someone they’ve never met cares enough about their wellbeing to donate.

We invite you to bring your donations directly to our Day Center, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Elizabeth Stevenson for more information at (206) 729-0262, ext. 1006, or via email

Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank you!
Ruth Herold,
Executive Director

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