Community Warehouse

The mission of Community Warehouse is to help vulnerable populations improve the quality of their lives and become self-sufficient by providing them with basic household furnishings. We collect gently used donated furniture and household items and work in partnership with over 100 local social services agencies to distribute these basic necessities for creating a home and stabilizing lives to individuals and families in need. We value sustainability, transparency, preserving the dignity of everyone we work with, and providing services in a timely and cost effective manner. We serve over 8,000 families every year.

Community Warehouse
3969 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
United States
503-235-8786
http://communitywarehouse.org

Executive Director

Kristy Wood

Management Team

Kristy Wood, Tom Elston, Andy Olds, Ed Kitson

Board of Directors

Kristy Wood, Tom Elston, Roz Babener, Stephen Press, J. David Zehntbauer, Merridawn Duckler, David Brown, Teri Karren-Keith, Jeffrey Weitz, Rich Nixon, Marc Jolin, Cathy Myers, Miriam Hecht, Bill Benjamin, William Bourque, Claudia Wilson

Project Leaders

Kristy Wood

Mission

The mission of Community Warehouse is to help vulnerable populations improve the quality of their lives and become self-sufficient by providing them with basic household furnishings. We collect gently used donated furniture and household items and work in partnership with over 100 local social services agencies to distribute these basic necessities for creating a home and stabilizing lives to individuals and families in need. We value sustainability, transparency, preserving the dignity of everyone we work with, and providing services in a timely and cost effective manner. We serve over 8,000 families every year.

Programs

Community Warehouse is the only furniture bank in the region. We have two locations serving families, one in NE Portland, Oregon and one in Tualatin, Oregon. The process by which Community Warehouse serves low-income families and individuals begins with our partnerships with over 200 social service agencies serving vulnerable populations and those that are working to house families and individuals in transition. Partners include domestic violence shelters, organizations serving the homeless, schools, hospitals, and government agencies. Case managers verify that the individuals and families they refer meet income guidelines and have no other means of accessing the basic furniture and household goods they are seeking. After attending an orientation session and registering for access to Warehouse services, each agency is given a unique log-in to the electronic request form. At this point, case workers can begin placing requests, allowing their clients immediate access to essential furniture and household items necessary to create stable homes. Community Warehouse places partnership with social service agencies at the center of its service model. The presence of a case worker in the process ensures that Community Warehouse services are offered in a way that is respectful and responsive to linguistic and cultural needs. Community Warehouse meets multiple needs in the community. In addition to assisting families, we provide a place for donors to bring their unwanted yet usable items. Local businesses and individuals are thrilled to donate to Community Warehouse, knowing that their items will be given, not sold, to those in need. We relieve donors of the burden of hauling items to the landfill and paying disposal fees, and our model of reuse keeps these usable goods in circulation instead of adding to the volume of trash. As one of very few agencies able to take mattresses and furniture needing basic repairs, we provide an easy answer for people wanting to donate these items. Community Warehouse is the third largest furniture bank in the U.S., and we continue to be the only resource from Vancouver, WA to Corvallis, OR for low income individuals and families seeking essential household furnishings at no cost. As Cheryl Sturgis, a case manager at Portland Youthbuilders writes, "No other agency in Portland has the services equivalent to Community Warehouse."

Statistics on Community Warehouse

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $923,439
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $923,439
  • Other funding sources: 20% foundation grants/individual donations, 36% income-generating enterprise, 6% corporations, 18% events, 20% truck pick-up fees and client contributions
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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