Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Operation Safety Net

What We Need

Operation Safety Net®, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System'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 persons who are homeless 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 650 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 donation in support of this important program in our community, click here.

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 and/or donation of new household items. Please refer to the list below for suggested donations.

To ensure that you are collecting items that are most needed by the people we serve and that your efforts are not being duplicated by another individual or group, please contact us before you begin and tell us when you are ready to deliver* the items you collect:

Operation Safety Net

*Please note: Operation Safety Net is unable to pick up donated items but will gladly accept donations at its headquarters: Operation Safety Net, 903 Watson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown). Please contact us to schedule an appointment at least three business days in advance of the desired date for delivery.

Thank you in advance for partnering with Operation Safety Net and providing the opportunity to make houses into homes for the people we serve.

Items for the bathroom

  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Bathmat
  • Tissues
  • Bath towels (four)
  • Hand towels (two)
  • Washcloths (two)

Items for the bedroom

  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases (two)
  • Sheet sets (flat and fitted)
  • Bedspreads and/or comforters
  • Blankets

For the kitchen

  • Dishes (microwave and dishwasher safe)
  • Silverware
  • Disinfectant (wipes or spray)
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Oven mitts/hot pads
  • Can opener
  • Paper towels
  • Pots and pans
  • Trash can and trash can liners
  • Dish soap
  • Dish rack
  • Dishcloths
  • Dish towels
  • Scrub brush

Items for the pantry

  • Pancake and baking mixes
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Boxed meal kits
  • Rice and beans
  • Pastas and sauces
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Sugar, flour, baking soda, spices, salt/pepper

Personal hygiene items†

  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste/dental floss
  • Combs/brushes
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Nail file and clippers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton balls and swabs

†Full-size items only, no sample/travel size items

Miscellaneous household items

  • Lamps
  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Small furniture that is portably by car (e.g. coffee table, end tables)*
  • Small appliances (e.g. coffee maker, toaster)
  • Television
  • Microwave
  • Laundry detergent
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Cleaning supplies

*Gently used furniture in good condition accepted

Pittsburgh Mercy - A Heritage of Hope Operation Safety Net
Contact Us
Operation Safety Net
Work 903 Watson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Work 412.232.5739

Toll Free 1.888.492.8950

For donations:
Call 724.934.3537