Furniture Bank has been busy since the beginning of 2017! We have been blessed with donations of furniture, furnishings and finances to help us continually meet the needs of our clients. Our wait list is constant and the applications for assistance arrive daily. We are averaging 20 requests a week for assistance.
While we receive a wide variety of requests from people in all types of situations and challenges, our average client is a single mother with 3 children usually all under the age of 10. We are also helping veterans, elderly, and people overcoming physical and mental challenges to regain independence, employment, and their own places to live. Working in partnership with the various helping agencies and social service organizations in our greater Phoenix area is allowing us to give those working to achieve self-sustainability a hand up as they move back into jobs and affordable and safe housing.
Please read about the following situations where Furniture Bank was able to assist families and individuals with a hand UP as they worked their way out of homelessness and helplessness. To protect their privacy, the names are changed but the situations are real.
Emma is a hardworking mom with 3 active children, all in grade school. She was a victim of domestic violence and was able to get help to break the cycle of abuse and gain her independence. Our partner agency contacted us to assist Emma. She had gained a great job and a home to rent that was in a safe neighborhood for her and her children. Furniture Bank was able to provide living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. Along with the furniture, we had furnishings, kitchen supplies and even a student desk for her child in middle school to use.
Curtis is a 54 year old single male who received a special surgery to restore his eyesight. His agency contacted us to assist Curtis in a special way. Not only was Curtis needing help to furnish his new apartment for himself but also he was gaining guardianship of his special needs nephew who was coming to live with him. He wanted to support his nephew and get him out of the group home he was living in. We were honored to be able to help with furniture and furnishings and humbled to see Curtis not only achieving independence for himself but also wanting to care for his nephew.
It’s stories like this that inspire us to keep on trying to grow and help more folks with a hand up as they achieve their independence. We are blessed to be able to do this, but your support, donations, kindness, and prayers make it possible.
Furniture Bank would like to thank our hardworking volunteer Jim Lane for his never ending willingness to assist with needed local donation pick-ups. Jim, like the rest of us, works a full time job, is active with his own family, and yet still finds the time to help us help others! Thank you Jim!
Please help us welcome Ron Thompkins of Keller Williams Realty has joined our volunteer force to help find local donations for furniture, furnishings, and funds. I warned Ron when he inquired about helping that the pay is nonexistent but the benefits are eternal!
Did you know that THERE IS STILL TIME to get your 2016 AZ Tax Credit! YES for 2016! Come on now….MAKE A DIFFERENCE! $400 provides furniture to make a house into a home for our clients and families escaping homelessness and hopelessness. Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! You can donate any amount for a tax deduction and tax receipt, BUT…. a gift of either $400 as an individual or $800 as a couple to Furniture Bank, Inc. a 501c3 public charity, can also reduce your tax bill to the State of Arizona by that amount dollar for dollar! Visit our website www.FurnitureBank.us and click on the PayPal button for a secure transaction and tax receipt that will follow within 48 hours. Any amount is welcome and all will receive a tax receipt. Please help us help others! We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html
Let the blessings roll!