Get Involved


As we are now open year-round, our resources are stretched more than ever before.  Your gift will directly help our clients – whether you donate goods, money, or time.  See below for more details on how you can get involved.

  • Financial Donations (click to expand)

    Your financial donation will be used to provide resources as needed to our clients.  This can include building costs (e.g. utilities, maintenance), food, warm clothing, hygiene products, and more.  To make a donation via paypal (i.e. via credit card or bank transfer), just click the donate button below.  We also accept donations in the form of stock – contact Ross Altenbaugh, Executive Director, for this option at

    A donation to FSS qualifies you for the Charitable Contribution Tax Credit (formerly known as the Working Poor Tax Credit).  Donate (up to $400 for an individual, or up to $800 for a family) before December 31st to take advantage of the tax credit this year! Make a dollar for dollar tax credit donation. Remember, for every $1 you donate to Flagstaff Shelter Services, you get $1 back – reducing your state taxes or increasing your refund (use code 20067). Learn more here.

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  • Items We Need (click to expand)

    No matter what you are able to donate, it will make a positive difference in someone’s life.  Donations can be dropped off between the hours of 9-3PM without appointment.  If you would like to drop off a donation at another time please contact us at

    Want to purchase something we need directly? Check out our Amazon Wishlist!

    Some of our ongoing needs include but are not limited to:

    • Housing Program Needs
      • Furniture – Mattresses, Bed Frames,  Dining room, Bedroom, Living room, Kitchen
      • Lamps and Light bulbs
      • Household supplies –Dishes, Cookware, Cups, Utensils, Shower curtain, towels, etc.
      • “Welcome Home Baskets” – any combination of items you might need to start your home
      • Cleaning Products and Trash Bags

      Shelter Program Needs

      • Cleaning chemicals:  bleach, Lysol, Clorox wipes, etc.
      • Paper towels
      • Toilet paper
      • Black Trash bags (33 gallon)
      • Dish soap and Laundry detergent
      • Plungers and Toilet cleaning brushes
      • Brooms and dustpans
      • Mops and buckets
      • Twin waterproof mattress covers with zippers
      • Blankets and Sheets (any size), Pillows, Towels and Washcloths
      • Plastic/paper cups, plates, and utensils
      • Cold weather clothing:  socks, gloves, hats, scarves
      • Hygiene supplies:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, razors, deodorant, lotion, lip balm, shampoo, soap, etc.
      • Other possible needs:  extension cords, flashlight, masking tape/duct tape, cough drops, other medical supplies (cough medicine, ibuprofen, band-aids, antacid, cough drops, etc.)


There are always ways for individuals or groups to get involved with FSS, such as organizing a donation drive, volunteering at special events, helping with shelter clean up, and participating in other group work.

In addition to our shelter, we also operate an overflow shelter in partnership with the faith-based community in the winter months known as Sanctuary.  This additional shelter allows FSS to serve even more of Northern Arizona’s most vulnerable neighbors, and we’re always seeking volunteers to help with associated needs at this location.

If you would like to learn more about the volunteering opportunities for you or your group please contact

Download Music

Two local artists, Tow’rs and duo Jasper Komassa and Donivan Berube have generously agreed to donate all proceeds of their recordings, a song “Tangerine Skies” and “Robert Sims” (an ambient spoken word track featuring a shelter client) to Flagstaff Shelter Services following their visit to our shelter.

Tow’rs had this to say about their experience:

“We had the privilege of going and hanging with some of the people there and wrote this song from our experience,” said the band members. “It is only available for a limited time. Residing in one’s self may be one of the most difficult parts of being human. You see this in a transparent way at the homeless shelter. We wanted to write a benediction over one person we met there in particular named Alice who seemed to have a hard time dwelling in her own skin. We used the analogy of gardening in this song because people are like gardens. We have seasons within us and sometimes we have to die to those seasons and people we were to become something better and more full. Like winter into spring. I hope for Alice that the very things she doesn’t like about herself and her life can be there very seed to catalyst a spring so to speak of a new outlook of herself and who she is.”

Listen to the track “Tangerine Skies” and download it here; listen to “Robert Sims” and download it here.