Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Operation Safety Net
What We Need
Operation Safety Net®, Pittsburgh Mercy’s innovative, award-winning medical and social service outreach program for the unsheltered homeless population in Allegheny County, strives to address the circumstances which undermine the mental and physical health of the people it serves by creating avenues for people experiencing homelessness to access the medical care and social services necessary to improve quality of life.
In the past four years, Operation Safety Net has successfully helped more than 1,200 individuals who were once homeless to find a home of their own. In doing so, Operation Safety Net not only assists with providing affordable housing, but also offers hope, dignity, and a sense of community.
Operation Safety Net is supported through public and private grants and donations made by foundations, corporations, and private individuals. To learn more about Operation Safety Net, or to make a monetary donation in support of this important program in our community, click here. Please scroll down to see items that can be donated for Operation Safety Net street outreach, Wellspring Drop-in Center, or one of our housing programs.
Items needed for individuals who are street homeless or who utilize our day program
- Sample-size toiletries, especially soap, shampoo, and deodorant
- Razors with plastic handles and shaving cream
- New underwear and T-shirts (all sizes, but especially men’s L, XL, and XXL)
- Feminine hygiene items
- Adhesive bandages
- Men’s white socks (above the ankle)
- Backpacks and large tote bags, new and used
- Tents and tarps
- Bottled water
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Hats, gloves, and scarves
- Giant Eagle, Payless, or Walmart gift cards
Partner with Operation Safety Net to make a house a home
Do you remember when you moved into your first apartment or house? You needed certain key items to make your house a home. To help individuals who are transitioning from the streets into homes of their own, Operation Safety Net welcomes your financial contributions, gift cards and/or donation of new household items. Please refer to the list below for suggested donations.
Fill a laundry basket drive*
In one laundry basket, donate these needed household items, mainly for the bath and kitchen:
- Shower curtain and hooks, bathmat, and soap
- Towels and washcloths
- Toilet paper, paper towels, and tissue
- Dishes and flatware
- Pots and pans, cooking utensils, and can opener
- Cleaning supplies, broom, dustpan, and disinfectant wipes
- Mop and bucket
- Trash can and trash can liners
- Dish soap, dish cloths, dish towels, and pot holders
- Lamps and light bulbs
- Flashlight and batteries
- Laundry detergent
- Full and queen sheet sets (flat and fitted)
*Please note: Operation Safety Net is unable to pick up donated items but will gladly accept donations at its day program: Operation Safety Net, 903 Watson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. For small appliance or furniture donations – or if you have other questions – please call 412-263-2545, extension 1202. Please contact us to give us a timeframe for delivery of donated items.
Thank you in advance for partnering with us to help improve the lives of the people we serve.