For women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families, each day, especially the holidays, can be a particularly challenging time. Often, women feel disconnected from society, forgotten, and alone. Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women living in shelters is one of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project. A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community. Each May, The Shoebox Project delivers thousands of Shoeboxes to women across the country, reminding mothers impacted by homelessness that they have not been forgotten by their community, and that they are worthy of a special gift, just for them.
The Shoebox Project for Shelters is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across the US and Canada. Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can help enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.