Portland Rehabilitation Management is the only homeless shelter on the Eastern part of the island of Jamaica. The shelter serves clients who have been socially displaced, often due to many factors such as: mental health issues, physically debilitating condition, HIV/AIDS, drug use disorder, displacement, or abuse or exploitation.
The Shelter uses a holistic approach to treating and providing service to those admitted, making sure each individual is welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. Most people are coming from the streets and others from the hospital, typically having very few personal belongings and are especially in need of personal hygiene and comfort products.
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Flour, Oil, Rice, and Tinned food
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Vegetables and Bread
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Glass Beads for Bead Work, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.