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.
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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Jan 10, 2014

This is what "Home" is all about...

Dear Warehouse Friends,

Happy New Year! As we shift into 2014 (wow!), we thought we’d share a brief reflection. 2013 was an amazing year for your local furniture bank:

We served 7,981 people (over a thousand more than in 2012).

Our Beds for Kids program had 33 donors. 

We redistributed beds, blankets, and pillows to 3,788 children, and in the process kept over 500 tons of usable household goods out of Portland area landfills.

As incredible as these statistics are, we believe that personal stories are the best way to share success. We’re happy and humbled to pass along this story from a JOIN case manager who often brings her clients to the Warehouse:

“Belle is two - the youngest of four kids raised by their incredibly strong single mom. We recently moved them into a great apartment and I got them furniture from CW last week. 

Today I was over there again with our truck, helping move the last of their stuff from the storage unit they hastily rented when they became homeless. 

This afternoon while we restored their toys, clothes & moments to their apartment, Belle dozed on their new CW couch. I was struck by the fact that, just a month ago, Belle and her family had been living in a park in Gresham. 

The image of her sleeping there - safe, surrounded by family, her toys and decent furniture - to me is what "Home" is all about. 

Thank you so much for making that a reality for Belle and the thousands of others you help!

-Colleen Sinsky, Retention Worker at JOIN 

From all of us at the Warehouse, thank you for your generous support during the holidays and beyond.  Our work in the community truly would not be possible without you.

Warm regards,

Kristy

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