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SLO4Home is the current focus project of the Social Action Committee. 

SLO4Home is a broad coalition of religious organizations, veteran, and active duty military members, and community activists who are helping Afghan refugees establish new lives and livelihoods on the Central Coast.

COT has joined in supporting the work of this important non-profit organization.

You can be a lifeline for refugee families in need. In the coming months and years the influx of refugees will continue to play a role in our communities across the United States. These families have urgent and varied needs, many having left vibrant lives with only what they could carry. SLO4Home is working to ensure that San Luis Obispo County will be a welcoming and supportive new home for these families. We expect to welcome our first family in April!

This work needs the help of many hands. Our areas of focus include housing, job assistance, education, health, transportation, culture and hospitality. Currently the greatest need is for independent housing and household furniture in good condition. Lists are available below and will be updated as often as possible. 

If you have items you would like to donate, or if you would like to get involved in any other way, please contact Theresa Cullen Hirsch at

Of course, monetary donations are also needed and may be made at



We have great news -- the arrival of our first family. This is a family of 3 with an almost  3-year-old daughter. They were warmly greeted at the airport by a contingent from SLO4Home. They are both English speakers and are being housed in a private home. Our various committees will begin work to find long-term housing, employment, educational opportunities, transportation and healthcare. We are exploring the possibility of resettling more members of their family. In addition, we are working towards a goal of welcoming a new family every 4-6 weeks.


SLO4Home is in the news! In case you missed these recent articles, here's a link to one on the KSBY website and one in New Times. Both include interviews with the refugee family members who have arrived so far, while being careful to protect their identities.


Afghan family speaks about journey to U.S. and resettling on the Central Coast

Earlier this year, KSBY News spoke to the non-profit SLO4 Home, an organization aimed at helping Afghan refugees establish new lives on the Central Coast.
Read Article


Fresh start: Afghan refugees embark on new life in San Luis Obispo with support of local nonprofit

The first Afghan refugees to resettle in San Luis Obispo County since the U.S. war in Afghanistan ended described their past year as both a nightmare and a dream.
Read Article

Refugees often flee their homes at a moment’s notice. They arrive in the U.S. with few belongings, a difficult past, and earnest hope for the future.


Any of the items listed are welcome. You need not have all of the items in any one section.  Items need to be in working order and not stained or heavily damaged.  Items can be left in the cabinet at COT or by contacting Theresa at:



Small lamps & light bulbs, Wall clock, Alarm clock, Pillows, Twin sheet sets, Queen sheet sets, Mattress pads (queen & twin), Small area rugs



Toilet paper, Shampoo, Hand soap bars or bottles, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, , Shower curtain & rings, Bathmat, Washcloths, Bath towels, Hand towels



Dish soap, All-purpose cleaner, Waste baskets, Tall kitchen wastebasket, Tall trash bags, Paper towels, Broom & dust pan, Laundry detergent, Small vacuum



Forks, Butter knives & spoons, Dinner plates & bowls, Cups & coffee mugs, Small, Medium and Large pots, Large frying pan, Small frying pan, Sauce pans, Glass baking dishes, Mixing and serving bowls, Knives, Can opener, Cutting board, Kitchen towels, Sponges/dishcloths, Serving spoons, Spatula



Kleenex, Unscented baby wipes, Hand sanitizer, Pocket folders, Looseleaf binders and paper, Spiral notebooks, Index cards, Graph paper, No. 2 pencils, Colored pencils, Large pencil eraser, Pencil-top erasers, Personal pencil sharpener,  Pencil box/bag, Highlighters, Black, blue and red pens, Jumbo crayons, Regular crayons, Watercolor set, Dry-erase markers, Washable markers, Safety scissors, Protractors, Ruler, Scotch tape, Glue sticks



Crib Crib mattress, Crib bedding, Crib sheets, Bassinet with bedding, Receiving blankets, Small blankets, Sleep sack, Baby bibs, Burping cloths, Sippy cups, Baby utensils, Baby bathtub, Baby washcloths, Hooded bath towels, Baby nail clippers, Baby thermometer, Cotton swabs, Teethers, Diaper rash ointment, Baby wipes Shampoo/soap, Powder/lotion, Onesies, Shirts, Sleepers/gowns, Pants, Socks/booties, Hats, Hoodie/jacket, Diapers, Diaper bag, Infant car seat, Stroller, Baby monitor, Infant carrier, Bouncer, Sleep & Play, Rattles, Activity gym, Cuddly toys, Baby proofing supplies

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