Unless is an organisation dedicated to providing the poor and homeless in Brussels with food, clothing and other basic necessities. We are non-political, non-religious and non-profit.
In this world where people are more and more isolated, our wish is to reach out to others and create connections through simple acts of humanity. To this end, we spend a great deal of time listening to our friends on the streets and getting to know them.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss,
Cooking is done in our facility in order to bring hot food to the North Station to feed 150-200 homeless people four times a week.
These daily meetings allow people to connect and share their past and experiences. They give us the opportunity to get to understand their needs and help orient individuals to other necessary facilities and organizations.
We follow up on our friends, provide them with support, spend time talking to them and we are convinced that this has a real impact in the prevention of petty crime, depression, etc.
SoFresh & SoClean
Everyone has the right to be clean and this can be difficult for the homeless. We provide access to 2 showers, 2 washing machines, 2 dryers, a toilet and a sink. Our friends on the street are able to access these facilities based on a schedule.
How can you help?
We are a tiny asbl and we have a lot of work ahead. We would love to have you join our journey with us.
1. Join the 500
We need 5000€ a month to continue our activities.
This is equal to 500 standing orders of 10€ a month…
Please help us and spread the word. Join the 500!!!
Belfius (Avenue de la Faculté d’Agronomie 12, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium)
IBAN: BE79 0689 0578 6633
Unless ASBL: Avenue des Combattants 70, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium
PayPal: Click here to donate via Paypal
Every little bit counts and can go a long way to helping our friends. 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause.
Here are some examples of what your contribution can buy:
- 3€ a warm meal for one person (We serve 200 people each time)
- 5€ 10 pairs of socks
- 15€ a sleeping bag or a pair of shoes
You can make a one-time donation or create a standing order. Recurring donations are the best way to provide us with steady support (5€, 10€, 25€, 100€, 250€… per month).
The most helpful food donations we are looking for are listed below. This is because they are a easy to store, cook and distribute. Planning, storage and logistics are a huge challenge for us and these items help address these issues.
- Packets of pasta
- Cans of tuna, salmon, peeled tomatoes, vegetables…
- Individually packaged waffles or biscuits
- Sliced bread
- Butter, cooking oil
- Sliced cheese
- Small bottles of water or packets of juice
- Coffee, tea, sugar cubes, milk
- Fresh fruits
- Plastic plates, forks, cups
If you can help us with any of this, please contact us to organize pick up or delivery.
For perishables, please make sure to inform us on time to avoid wastage.
3. Clothes and Other
Winters are hard in Belgium but there are a few essentials that really make a huge difference in people's lives.
- Men’s clothes, socks, underwear, shoes
- Sleeping bags, blankets
- Toothbrushes (new) and toothpaste
- Soaps and shampoos
If you can help us with any of this, please contact us to organize pick up or delivery. Please try and make sure that all donations are clean and in good condition.
4. Fundraising Events
If you would like to organize a fundraising event (concerts, parties, meals, exhibitions, beer or wine tastings, marathons, challenges…) please feel free to contact us. We can provide you with help and documentation.
You can help on a smaller scale too with our Dinner4Friends concept. Organize a monthly get together with 5 to 10 friends. Each month nominate one friend to be the host and to provide a fun cheap meal
- Get each person to contribute to Unless with 5 to 10 euros
- Take a picture with everyone and send it to us to post on our
- Dinner4Friends Facebook page!
This is a fun way to keep in touch with friends as well as making a monthly contribution to Unless of 25€ to 100€! Not into cooking? How about Drinks4Friends? 🙂
If you want to volunteer either directly for helping our friends or for any fundraising event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.