Our Wish List


For the Welcome Center:

  • Backpacks to provide human dignity to the 30-40 detainees who are released each week with their belongings in clear plastic bags.  Size ~17 “, and please leave them empty
  • Individually wrapped bags of chips, peanut butter or cheese crackers, nuts, dried fruit
  • Bottled water (individual size)
  • Canned soda
  • Fresh fruit such as apples, oranges (no more than one bag as they don’t keep well)
  • Travel size toothpaste and deodorant for travel packs, and toothbrushes (full size OK)
    We are well stocked on all other toiletries at this time.

Note: Many of these needed items can be found on our Amazon.com wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3I8USLANJDKNQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_z_g__wb

Thanks to all of you who purchased items from our Amazon wishlist.  You made them smile today:)

For the Hospitality House:

  • Pay as you go phone cards for T-Mobile or Nokia phone
  • Prepaid international phone cards
  • Men’s T-shirts socks and underwear, medium and large size
  • Walmart or Target gift cards to buy shoes or other necessities
  • Safeway grocery cards
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Dish soap and laundry soap

With prior arrangement, non-cash donations for all programs, including the Welcome Center, can be brought to the AID NW office located at 616 1/2 N. I Street in Tacoma between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm,  Tuesday – Thursday.  Please email the volunteer coordinator at dcruz@aidnw.org 24 hours in advance.  Food or drink donations for the Welcome Center can be dropped off there: 1623 East J Street outside the Detention Center on the Tacoma Tide Flats, Monday thru Friday from 3:00 – 4:00  p.m.

Also needed:

Donation, or contributions toward the purchase of:

  • New or slightly used (under 10 years) 32 – 36 foot “Class A”  RV, to  replace the current Welcome Center RV, which is 20 years old and on it’s last legs/axles
  • New or recent desktop computer, to replace our 6 – 8 year old model

Cash donations for all our work are greatly appreciated.  Please mail checks to: 616 1/2 North I Street, Tacoma, 98403  or click on the “Donate” button on the right.


  • Offer hospitality services to released immigrants, provide transportation to various locations as well as other services to enrich their daily lives (see Post-Detention Accompaniment Network–PDAN page for further detail)
  • Visit immigrants in the Detention Center during public visitation hours