When a family member decided to update her home furnishings, she had a small conundrum. What should she do with her gently used furniture? With no family member needing the gently used furniture she asked me if Families Moving Forward (FMF) could use the furniture.
FMF is a social services program which assists families that are homeless to resolve their barriers to housing and stabilize their lives. We participate in this program by housing families in the program for a week, three times a year. The reasons for homelessness are many and the barriers the families work through to find housing are considerable and challenging. The family groups come to the program with a variety of needs for services and assistance in setting up their homes. Support in setting up new housing with home furnishing allows the families to better settle into their new housing.
As you move through updating, downsizing, or dissolving an estate, and as you consider what to do with the furnishings, I encourage you to consider FMF. If you are not comfortable with calling the FMF Day Center (612 529 2815), the church office (612 522 2982) or I (Emily Braun 612 562 3677) can make the call for you. The important information to convey is what you have that can be donated, where the item can be gathered up, and when the articles are available. Not all pieces you may have will be needed, and we trust you will appreciate the balance FMF needs to maintain in helping the families with the limited amount of storage area they have.
At the time of my family member’s inquiry there was a family who could use the couch and kitchen table set. FMF arranged to pick up the furniture and move it to the family in need. It was a good fit and a good solution benefiting all.