2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but imagine being quarantined in an empty apartment with children! Unfortunately, this is the reality for many of our clients.
A week ago we helped Julio, whose family has been moving from hotel to hotel for the past three years. They just received housing, but had no furnishings. They were amazed when they heard about Fresh Start Furniture Bank, and even more so when we filled a 17' U-Haul full of furniture, linens, and housewares...just about everything they needed to turn four walls into a home.
These stories repeat over and over. For example, last Saturday Natalia showed up without an appointment and was looking for help. Her apartment was empty. She slept on a blow-up mattress while her son slept on the floor. Even though we were closing, our volunteers stayed late and got her son a bed, mattress, warm blankets, a kitchen table, and other items to hold her over until she can come back with a larger truck.
Covid-19 has redirected many of the funds that we previously received to feeding programs. Feeding people is essential, but so is providing them with livable conditions. Last year our volunteers put in over 16,000 hours, but we still have to pay our rent and our part-time employee.
If you could help us, that would be great! No donation is too small. Just click on the link below to make a tax-deductible donation.
If you can't monitarily help, we understand, but please check your linen closets for warm blankets or comforters. We are in constant need of items like this.
Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide!
-- The volunteers at Fresh Start Furniture Bank
If you wish to donate by check, please make the check out to Fresh Start Furniture Bank and mail it to the following address. Be sure to include your address and an e-mail address so that we can send you a thank-you note and a receipt for your taxes.
Fresh Start Furniture Bank
16 Brent Dr.
Hudson, MA 01749
Guidestar rates non-profits and we have earned their Platinum rating, which is the highest available. Click on the logo to the right to see how we spend our money. Every dollar that you donate goes directly towards helping others. We have nothing to hide and are very proud of our frugality.
All donations to Fresh Start are tax deductible. The IRS has classified Fresh Start Furniture Bank as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity. Our EIN is 46-2512827. We will provide you with an itemized receipt of your donations for tax purposes.