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.
Sep 5, 2014

What does 'home' mean to you?

Henry in his new home!
Henry in his new home!

Dear Friends,

With summer winding down, we are excited to report that this has been one of the busiest and most successful summers ever for Community Warehouse. We have served 1,303 children since April, and our Warehouses have been consistently full of mattresses, sofas, linens, tables, chairs, and kitchen items.

Also, we are thrilled to share with you a recent story about the comforts of home. Although our #1 requested item is a twin mattress for a child, our beds aren’t only for kids…

Colleen Sinsky, Retention Worker at JOIN: connecting the street to a home and a longtime friend of the Warehouse, shared this wonderful story:

"I was so happy to deliver a load of furniture and household goods from Community Warehouse to Henry- one of the formerly homeless people whom JOIN worked with to find housing. 'I made it!' were Henry's words when we finally brought the last chair in from the truck. Henry and I were ecstatic when he was approved for this apartment last week, but blank walls and empty bedrooms don't make for much of a home.

With Community Warehouse we were able to furnish a new chapter in Henry's life and give him the dignity of having a bed to sleep in. Huge thanks to Community Warehouse and your supporters for empowering people like Henry.”

We encourage you to check out this video of staff, volunteers, and case managers about what HOME means to them: http://youtu.be/Hnkw_2UcL4g.

Also, we’d like to give you this opportunity to share what HOME means to you! Please send your message to anna@communitywarehouse.org or feel free to post on our Facebook page.

Thank you again for your generosity. With your support, we can continue to create safe and stable homes for our neighbors in need. We hope to see you at the Warehouse soon!

With sincere appreciation,

Kristy and the Warehouse Crew

What does HOME mean to you?
What does HOME mean to you?

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Jun 12, 2014

Why is it important to have your own bed?

Child with her family at the Warehouse
Child with her family at the Warehouse

Dear Friends,

Summer is off to a great start at Community Warehouse. May 26-30 was our best week in 2 years. Thanks to the donations and support from this incredible community, our Portland Warehouse served 52 families in 5 days. As the only furniture bank in the region, we are proud to support local social service agencies, case managers, donors promoting sustainable reuse, and our neighbors in need.

At Community Warehouse, our number one requested item is a bed for a child. Having a bed to sleep on is a basic and critical need. Lacking or sharing beds can negatively affect the entire household. Especially for our clients, who are often struggling to find employment, health care, food, and other basic needs, sleep deprivation can be devastating.

“The results of sleep deprivation may be cumulative, and detrimental to the family as a whole when a yawning parent struggles to meet the challenges inherent in another busy day. And adequate sleep is essential for your child’s physical and mental development as well, reports the National Sleep Foundation.”

Check out the full article on Global Post about the importance of sleeping in one’s own bed.

With your support, we can continue to redistribute over 1,000 twin mattresses to low-income children each year.

We hope you will consider giving a gift today to keep Community Warehouse’s program strong. Just $40 allows us to redistribute a mattress, box-spring, pillow, linens, and blankets to a child in need.

Hope your summer is off to a great start. We'll see you at the Warehouse!

Warm regards.

Kristy Wood

PS: We are thrilled to report that our 1st annual “Cheers to Home” event is coming up on August 23rd at the Tualatin Warehouse! Stay tuned to our website (www.communitywarehouse.org) for updates and announcements about this exciting summer event.

Young student gives some great advice!
Young student gives some great advice!
Founder Roz with a huge donation of new pillows
Founder Roz with a huge donation of new pillows

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Mar 28, 2014

The kindness of strangers - Community Warehouse Spring Report

The Marshall family at home
The Marshall family at home

Dear Friends,

This month, we were able to visit a family who received household items from Community Warehouse. We were humbled by their kindness and gratitude, and are pleased to share their story.

Tim and Lindsay Marshall* were homeless, living out of a car with their two young children. Lindsay’s driver’s license expired, and the DMV made her put “Car in North Portland” under the address line (although this could harm her chances of employment). They were worried about their children, who were struggling with the stigma of homelessness as well as the difficult sleeping arrangements.

Eventually, the Marshalls were connected with JOIN, who found them an affordable apartment and referred them to Community Warehouse. They were able to hand-pick a sofa, kitchen table and chairs, beds, kitchen items, linens, framed artwork, and much more. The Marshall children were finally able to get a good night’s sleep on their own beds.

And the Marshalls passed it forward. Soon after they settled in, new neighbors moved into the apartment complex with no household items of their own, just like the Marshalls months before. Tim and Lindsay jumped into action, hosting a Craigslist drive for gently-used furniture and household items. It was a great success – within a few weeks, the new neighbors’ empty apartment was filled with enough items to create a safe and comfortable home. 

Tim told us that his perspective on life changed after he experienced the Warehouse. He and Lindsay had always been independent and resourceful – a true American family. However, once they fell upon hard times, they assumed that no one would reach out to them with a helping hand. After the Marshall’s positive experience with the kindness of strangers at JOIN and the Warehouse, they realized that there is a safety net in this community. Now, their new baby Joy is growing up in a happy, healthy home.

This story reminds us that every person who accesses the Warehouse – regardless of age, race, gender, or past experience – may bear a difficult burden from their past, and is able to leave with a lighter load (albeit a ton of new stuff)! We are so grateful to you for keeping our doors open, our shelves full, and our arms open to neighbors in need.

With your help, we will serve over 8,000 low-income people this year. Thank you for helping us put used goods to good use every day.

Warm regards,

Kristy

 

*Names changed to protect anonymity

The Marshall children
The Marshall children's "Inspiration Wall" for art

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