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Holiday Helpers Program

Become a DePaul Holiday Helper!


You can make a wish come true for those we serve when you adopt a DePaul resident in need this holiday season.

Individuals, businesses, schools, and service and faith-based organizations can “adopt” clients from DePaul’s mental health residential programs who may not have family support during this meaningful time of year. Participants can select from items on a wish list or choose to donate generic gifts such as hats, gloves, personal care items or socks for adults. Past client wishes have included items as simple as a piece of chocolate cake, boots or basic articles of clothing.

If you are interested in adopting actual gifts from an individual’s holiday wish list, arrangements can be made to ship adopted wishes from online retailers directly to DePaul. If you wish to purchase gifts and personally deliver them, specific appointment times will be available for in-person drop-offs at a convenient location. Donations of gift cards and financial contributions can also be made instead of purchasing gifts. Please know we are dedicated to safety and social distancing as needed.

For over 20 years, generous members of the community have made the season special for those less fortunate by taking part in DePaul’s Holiday Helpers Program.

If you would like more information or to be matched with someone who would benefit from your kindness, please contact Amy Cavalier at or (585) 719-3102.