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Donate to the Metro Center for Women and Children at 1st Lake Properties

In addition to our pet drive benefiting Animal Rescue New Orleans, 1st Lake Properties is also holding a donation drive in conjunction with the Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans to bring awareness and aid to the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. This organization, a transitional shelter for domestic violence victims, provides immediate assistance to people in our community who have suffered violence and abuse.

Beyond sheltering victims, the center also provides individual and group counseling for survivors of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Additional programs geared toward children, legal advocacy, and community outreach have positioned the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children as a comprehensive source for those in need.

We believe this organization empowers not only victims of domestic violence, but also our greater New Orleans community. Through education and awareness, we can become more empowered citizens and help our fellow neighbors stay safe and healthy. Here’s how to help:

Tax-Deductible Donations

The center accepts donations like clothing, personal care items, household items, cash and gift cards, and food from individuals and corporations. Metropolitan Center is a qualified charitable organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

What the Center Needs Most

Take a look at the items the center needs to provide care and quality of life to its residents.

For Kids

  • Children’s clothing for school uniforms (khaki and navy blue shorts or pants; white, red, or navy polo shirts)
  • New underwear for boys and girls, all sizes
  • New or gently used clothes, all sizes
  • Small umbrellas
  • Youth-size ponchos

For Teens

  • Jewelry boxes
  • Makeup
  • Portable CD players
  • Radios with CD players
  • Gift cards for clothing, bath products, music, and perfume

For Adults

  • New make-up products like lipstick, powder, and foundation
  • Curling irons
  • Blow dryers
  • New or gently used adult clothes
  • New underwear and hosiery
  • New robes, nightgowns, and slippers

For the Shelter

  • Single and full-size sheet sets
  • Pillow cases
  • New bed pillows
  • Baby beds, sheets, and blankets
  • Wheelchairs
  • Fold-away beds
  • Gift certificates to fill prescriptions (for pharmacies like Walgreen’s, Target, or CVS)

School Supplies

  • Book bags and backpacks
  • Black marble composition books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Black and red pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Three-prong folders with pockets

Art Supplies

  • Play-Doh
  • Water colors
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens
  • Yarn
  • String


  • Sketch and coloring boks
  • Action heroes
  • DVDs (child-appropriate)
  • Board games
  • Dress-up sets
  • Toy cooking sets
  • Educational games and toys
  • Dolls

The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children has a 24-hour crisis line for the Greater New Orleans area at 504-837-5400, toll free 1-888-411-1333, or via link 211.  You can fax at 504-828-2893 or email