Eagle Eyes on the Future committee delivered hams and turkeys on November 14!

Our Wish List consists of various items that range from simple items the residents use daily to the larger needs of the organization. When these items are donated, we are able to use valuable operating funds to improve living and lifestyle conditions. Of course, tax deductible cash donations are always welcome!

Your contributions are vital to the continued growth and success of our programs. We hope you’ll partner with us to help our women and children achieve their dreams! We thank you in advance for your generosity. We welcome community Wish List collection drives!  If you have Wish List inquiries, please contact Jessica Bleile, Maria House Director at 563-582-7480, or email jbleile@openingdoorsdbq.org.

Teresa Shelter, 1111 Bluff Street – Monday through Friday 7 AM to 4 PM
Administrative Office, 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 – Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

Wish List

  • Tax-deductible cash donations  (Click here to make an online donation)
  • Bed of Hope (For more information visit the Bed of Hope page)
  • Gift cards: gas, grocery, movie theater, fast food, pizza, stores
    • Gift Card ideas: BP, Dollar Tree, Dominos, Eagles, Hardees, Hartig Drug, Hy-Vee, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Taco John’s, Walgreens, Wal-Mart
  • Floor cleaner
  • 13 gallon garbage bags
  • Air Freshener
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Bath & body baskets (i.e. personal care packages)
  • Bleach
  • Bus Tickets
  • Copy paper (white 8.5 x 11″)
  • Deodorant
  • Dishwasher Soap
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Hair Brushes & Combs (new only please)
  • Liquid Body Wash
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Magic Erasers
  • Paper Towels
  • Postage Stamps
  • Sharpies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Umbrellas
  • Ziploc Gallon Bags
  • Award/Good Job ribbons & stickers
    Teresa Shelter has a “Treasure Box” program where kids are rewarded for good deeds and for successes achieved in parent/child program sessions. They have requested award/good job ribbons or stickers of any kind.


We appreciate all donations and the enormous generosity our community provides to the homeless. It is best to receive items that are new and durable to last for an extended period of time. Please call us in advance to determine our needs. Thank you for your continued support of Opening Doors.

Other Donations

CLOTHING DONATIONS: Due to space limitations at both shelters, we cannot accept donations of clothing, bedding or furniture.  However, our staff collaborates with the following organizations where the women can obtain necessary clothing and furniture for their family free of charge with a referral from Opening Doors’ Staff.

  • Open Closet, a program at St. John’s Church, 1276 White Street (Please call in advance: 563-583-6572). Our women can find a wide variety of clothing (infant, all sizes men’s & women’s) for themselves and their children at no charge!  They also accept bedding, purses, belts, jewelry and shoes.  
  • St. Vincent DePaul, 1351 Iowa Street (563-584-2225). Our residents receive vouchers for free clothing.
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main Street (563-583-1394)

BOOKS: St. Vincent DePaul or Goodwill


  • Food Pantry: 563-583-4440
  • Presentation Lantern Center: 563-557-7134
  • Open Closet (see above)
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission (see above)


BABY ITEMS: Donations of baby items, including clothing, cribs, etc. can be made to Birthright, 1125 Main Street (563-556-1991)


  • Dubuque Rescue Mission, St. Vincent’s, Goodwill


  • Dubuque Rescue Mission, St. Patrick’s Church (563-583-9749)


  • Mike Muir @ United Clinical Lab 563-582-4919
  • Boys & Girls Club: 563-582-4122


  • Best Buy: 563-587-0988