About Us

Fresh Start Furniture Bank - Furnishing Hope

Mission:

Fresh Start Furniture Bank helps restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture and housewares, for free, to people in need. Our secondary goal is to keep these items out of the waste stream.

Who we serve:

The people served by Fresh Start have at least one thing in common — they need help during a difficult time.

Fresh Start's customers are individuals and families in transition who need help to rebuild their lives. They include:

  • Women and children escaping abusive domestic situations
  • People coming out of shelters or halfway houses
  • Individuals and families in recovery from physical and mental illness
  • Veterans
  • Victims of fires, floods or hurricanes
  • Refugees and recent immigrants to the U.S.
  • The working poor

What we do:

Fresh Start collects donations of furniture and home goods from the public and distributes them, for free, to people in need. In order to receive furniture people must obtain a referral from a social service agency. They then have 30 days to come in and select their items. We stock just about everything to furnish a household. They may place the items on hold for up to 1 week while they arrange transportation for the items.

 

Some Statistics:

  Agencies Families Helped Items Distributed
2014 75 180 2,435
2015 140 257 4,115

2016

196 328 8,244

2017

265 439 15,184

2018 (est)

320 600 19,000

2019 (est)

380 770 24,000

 

Budget:

Our 2019 budget, our budget is quite simple: We have a $120K budget which basically consists of $80K for rent, $21K part time employee, $5K to run our truck and $14K for other expenses such as insurance, dumpster, Internet, utilities, etc. Due to this tight fiscal management, we can furnish an entire household for about $150. Think about that...

 

Governance:

Information about our board of directors, finance, etc.

In the news:

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