Back-to-School Program

Helping Kids Succeed

We believe every child should be equipped with the supplies needed to be successful and ready for school. We also understand that sometimes our families struggle in being able to afford the long list of school supplies that are needed each year.

Donation Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am — 5 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: Shopping ONLY / Closed to Donations
Saturday: 10 am — 3 pm
Sunday: Closed

Hours may vary when capacity is reached.

In 2019, St. Francis House served 1,116 low-income students with a backpack full of grade-appropriate school supplies and clothing for school.

Donations Hours and Updates

Due to our limited space, donations are limited to 6 bags or boxes per day. We are also asking that for the safety of our staff and volunteers, these bags and boxes weigh NO MORE than 25lbs. We appreciate your generosity and understanding.

Donation Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday –  10am-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday – CLOSED  to donations, Client Shopping ONLY
Saturday – 10am-2:45pm
Sunday – CLOSED

School Supply Drive

Our Back-to-School Program starts at the end of July and runs through the end of August.  We aren’t sure what school will look like next year, but however it looks, supplies will be needed!

If you would like to partner with us in collecting school supplies to distribute to students in need, please email Patty at patty@puyallupfrancishouse.org. This is a great activity to host at your office, within your service club, and/or at your church. Our greatest need is age-appropriate backpacks. This year, we would like to be able to supply each child with a brand new backpack.

Current Supply Needs: (or shop our Amazon Wish List – link below)

  • New children’s socks and underwear (K-12 grade)
  • Backpacks (gently used or new)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks and paper
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks and paper
  • Blue/black pens
  • Crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers
  • Colored folders
  • Earbuds / Headphones
  • Lunch boxes

You can also shop from our “Back-to-School Wish List” on Amazon and have the items shipped directly to us. Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clients / Shoppers

How do I sign up for the back-to-school program?

Clients registered prior to July will be able to shop Back-to-School on their scheduled appointment.

  • Your August appointment is on the back of your client ID card.
  • Your shopping time is on the front of your client ID card.
  • August new clients will be able to shop for clothing in the clothing bank and Back to School supplies the last of August

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I lost my card. What do I do?

Please bring you photo ID to Riebli House on your regularly scheduled shopping day. We will be able to look you up in our computer system.

To renew your card if it has been more than one year since you have shopped please bring:

  • Your photo id
  • Proof of address (something mailed to you)
  • Proof of income

If it’s not your scheduled shopping day/time, you may or may not be able to shop. Back-to-School is a very busy time. We will do our best to accommodate every client on their scheduled shopping day/time.

It’s not my scheduled shopping day/time. Can I shop?

You may or may not be able to shop. Back-to-School is a very busy time. We will do our best to accommodate every client, on their scheduled shopping day/time.

I haven’t shopped in a long time. What should I do?

Please bring you photo ID to Riebli House on your regularly scheduled shopping day. We will be able to look you up in our computer system.

To renew your card if it has been more than one year since you have shopped please bring:

  • Your photo id
  • Proof of address (something mailed to you)
  • Proof of income

If it’s not your scheduled shopping day/time, you may or may not be able to shop. Back-to-School is a very busy time. We will do our best to accommodate every client on their scheduled shopping day/time.

What do we get?

Each client (family) will receive a minimum of 1 backpack (may be new or used), while supplies last. Each eligible school age child will receive grade appropriate school supplies.

Donated School Supplies

All our services and programs are offered free of charge

We exist to improve the lives of those in need.

Donated School Supplies

Stories of Hope

Right When We Need It

Standing protectively at their parent's sides, the three boys waited as the intake interview for the clothing bank began. Their dad explained that he had been out of work and had only been able to find part-time work. "Our boys have been wonderful through all of...

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Susan’s Story

Susan was overwhelmed and exhausted. She had come to the clothing bank in search of clothing that would fit her three grandchildren who had been brought to her door unexpectedly the week before. She had been scrambling to adjust her life and her finances to...

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A Full-Circle Moment

Shirley stopped by to donate some clothing one sunny afternoon. During her delivery, a staff member asked how she knew about us. It turned out Shirley has a long history with our programs, and it started out on the receiving end. Shirley became pregnant at the early...

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A Client’s Words

“Thank you so much for getting everyone started on the right foot going back to school! Between having my hours cut and school from home I just couldn’t see how i was goin to manage. We appreciate your caring and generosity. God bless
 – The Talley Family

Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteers at St. Francis are so kind and helpful!

— Tim R.

Giving Opportunities

I have an extremely demanding job and am unable to donate my time. I am however able to donate money. Which I do on a monthly basis. St. Francis House are wonderful stewards of the funds donated. It gives me great joy to be a part of that!

— Tammy P.

Shop the Nook

The Nook is a charity boutique operated by St. Francis House. The Nook sells “twice-loved” treasures at low prices in person at our Main Street location or in our online store.