Beyond Emancipation

Wish List

In-kind donations help us provide youth with the things they need to transition into adulthood. To schedule drop-off or shipping, please see contact information below.

Food Pantry

It is often said what a shame it is that people go hungry in the United States in the 21st century – and we agree. Sadly, many of our clients know first-hand what it is like to experience hunger. We keep a small pantry in our office stocked with nonperishable, single-serve, easy to prepare food items so that when a youth tells us they haven’t eaten lately, we can offer them a little something. Some of the most popular items are below:


We welcome each new resident to our transitional housing program with a starter kit of basic toiletries. We also keep an emergency supply of toiletry items for youth in need. Some of the essential items (travel size preferred) needed:

  • Soaps
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving Cream (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Razors (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Lotions
  • Small bottles of medicine (Tylenol, Advil, etc)
  • Laundry Baskets

Other Items

  • Gift Cards – Jamba Juice, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Target, WalMart, etc.
  • Movie Tickets
  • Art Supplies – crayons, markers, coloring books etc.
  • Pillows/Sheets/Bedding Sets
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Toys
  • DVD Player
  • Umbrellas
  • Coats
  • School Supplies – spiral notebooks, backpacks, canvas bags, calculators, etc. for college students
  • Laptop Computers – new or gently used, in working condition with newer operating sytems, please; we cannot accept broken or very outdated machines
  • Business Clothing – new or gently used job interview and work-appropriate clothing for men and women; women’s plus sizes are particularly needed

GROW Oakland

B:E Culinary Training Program preparing youth for work in Oakland and Bay Area’s thriving culinary industry need additional equipment and tools to support learning and training:

  • 8 Burner- 2 Oven Stove
  • Vitamix
  • Spice Grinder (preferably Cuisinart b/c others have broken)
  • Muffin Pans
  • Bread Pans
  • Blender
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Free-standing Mixer w/ Attachments
  • Rolling Pins
  • Measuring Tools (variety)
  • Silpat Non-stick Baking Mat
  • Cake Pans
  • Serving Ware
  • Pitchers
  • Plates
  • Maps- US/World/Continent

To make an in-kind contribution, please contact Julia Lakes at (510) 667-7635 or to make arrangements.

While we appreciate your in-kind donations very much, we cannot accept them without arrangements being made in advance. Thank you for your understanding.

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