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Ways To Help


Everyone can become part of the movement to stop domestic violence. We all have something to give in saving lives. Please commit now, become a partner and invest in ending domestic violence -One Life, -One Family, -One Child. You can contribute in your own way and here are just a few ideas:


Give of your time and talents to the shelter; you can share your special skills and talents with us in various ways. We need volunteers to answer crisis hotline, pick up and sort donations, office assistants, assist with fundraising, and to plan activities for/with the children.


  •  Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries, i.e., women, children, and infants
  • Non-perishable food & snacks
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Gift Cards, i.e., Wal-Mart, Schnucks, Target, Gasoline, etc.
  • MONETARY: All cash donations are tax deductible
  • Non-Traditional Gifts: Consider giving a gift of stocks, remembering Opal’s House in your will or through planned giving

Donations may be completed online using PayPal by clicking on the button below:

Donate Online

You don’t need a PayPal account, just update the donation total and look for the left hand  “Continue” link by “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Use your credit card or bank account (where available).

Or use the following

Mailing Address:

Opal’s House
P.O. Box 2316
East St. Louis, IL 62202-2316


Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call the Opal’s House hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Internet and Computer Safety

  • There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and on the Internet.
  • If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to.
  • Use a safer computer. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC) [www.ctcnet.org (national directory)], at a trusted friend’s house, or at an Internet Cafe.
  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably, are.  Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
  • Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the e-mails you send, and other activities.  It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints”.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider no home Internet use or “safer” Internet surfing.  Example: If you are planning to flee to California, don’t look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc. for California on a home computer or any computer an abuser has physical or remote access to.  Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.
  • E-mail is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life – please call Opal’s House or the National Domestic Violence Hotline instead.
  • Traditional “corded” phones are more private than cellular phones or cordless phones.

Opal’s House |  P.O. Box 2316  |  East St. Louis, IL 62202  |  (877) 672-5482

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