HELPING WITH FURNITURE
Helping With Furniture (HWF) provides hope, comfort, and stability to families and individuals who are starting over, and transforms empty dwellings into homes. Clients are emerging from precarious circumstances and referred by social agencies. Volunteers pick up donated, gently-used furniture and household items; sort them; deliver free of charge; and provide after-delivery support. In addition to furniture, we distribute to clients other necessary items such as toys, bicycles, and volunteer-refurbished computers.
HWF has recently moved into a new larger warehouse on Michael Street that will allow them to respond to the growing needs for their services and adjust to the effects of the pandemic. This move was an important milestone, but a bittersweet one. Because behind every couch or bicycle they give back from the donations they collect, is the difficult story of someone fleeing war, leaving an abusive relationship, facing financial hardship or struggling with mental illness.
By expanding its storage capacity, HWF has been able to: avoid turning away donations due to lack of space; prevent more furniture from entering landfills every year; allow HWF to furnish more homes for those restarting their lives; and maintain volunteer engagement and commitment by reducing the difficulty of working in its former overcrowded warehouse.
ODBF’s support will allow HWF to continue to provide the hope, comfort, and stability to families and individuals who truly need them.