As we are sure you can imagine, even though our women and children are safe from abuse while residing with us, it is not easy leaving your home and living in a Shelter and particularly on special occasions.  The Denise House tries really hard to make their time here as comfortable as possible and even more so over the Christmas Holidays.  If you are so inclined to help out over this Holiday Season by shopping for our residents and helping to make their Christmas special, please see the wish lists below and once you have your shopping done, send an email to our donations coordinator at [email protected] to discuss how you can drop it off (before December 17th).

Please Note: Although we are grateful for donations and your generosity, we are not able to accept gently used donations of any kind.  All donations must be unwrapped and NEW with tags on from store and/or unopened.  For gently used donations, please consider donating to Mission Thrift Store located at 1300 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa.  We have formed a partnership with this store that allows our clients to access clothing and small household items from their location free of charge.  They can be reached at 905-720-2430 to inquire about their donation drop off schedule. 


Gift Cards from: 
Dollarama, Michaels, Mastermind Toys, Apple Store (for IPad Games)
Baby dolls
Doll Stroller
Cooking things
Hairdresser Doll Head
Bubble Bath
Various Lego Sets
Craft Supplies
Dress Up Clothes
Pokemon Cards
Musical Instruments
Games for Nintendo Switch
Cars, Trucks, Ambulance, Fire Truck
Building Blocks
Educational Learning Toys
Paw Patrol
Magic Magnets
Hot Wheels
Pencil Crayons
Washable Paints
Orbeez Balls
Fidget Poppers

Infant Toys

Bath Toys
Block Sets
Teething Rings
Soft Toys
Musical Toys



Teen Boys & Girls:

Gift Cards from:  Oshawa Center, EB Games, Spotify & FG Bradley Toiletry packs Axe Products Shaving Kits Jewellery Watches Blow Dryers Curling/Flat Irons Wireless headphones/headsets Cell Phone accessories (wireless charger, etc) Watches Novels for teens Older Board Games


Gift Cards from Wal-Mart, Giant Tiger, Grocery, Oshawa Center, Dollarama
Clothing (track pants, sweaters, hoodies, leggings, etc)
Yoga Mats
Self Care Gift Sets
Bath Products
Manicure/Pedicure items
Sketching Pads & Pencils
Play Station 4 Games
Psychic Items (crystals, mandala, tarot cards, etc)
Watercolours for painting
Crochet and Knitting wool


You may be surprised to hear that in any given year we help 32% more women and children than we are funded for by the Government


In the last year:

120 Women and Children resided with us

1090 Crisis Calls were answered and provided Support and Information

We provided approximately 40,000 Meals and Snacks

We provided over 4,000 Safe Sleep Nights

400+ Women and Children received Support through our Community Outreach Support Programs

Approximately 800 Volunteer Hours were provided

A Note From Our Executive Director:

Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic and provincial shut down, The Denise House would see and provide support to women,
with or without children, over our funded capacity. That was the need for services. As the provincial shut down occurred
and stay at home orders came into place, women experiencing violence and abuse became more trapped in their
situations than ever, feeling all the more helpless and without supports, stronger fears of reaching out for help. Our
service statistics are a demonstration of this fear and uncertainty of reaching out for help. The Denise House continues
to encourage women to seek the support and assistance they need and we have seen an increase of women reaching out
as the province and services have gone through re-opening stages over the last year. As an essential service, we will
continue to change and assess how best we can provide much needed services for women and their children in the most
healthy and safe way possible.


YOU can help bridge the gap - Please CLICK HERE to donate today.💜