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 7,500 families every year.
Jul 27, 2016

This is what dignity looks like. This is what we do.

From our goofy faces to you, the staff say THANKS!
From our goofy faces to you, the staff say THANKS!

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Community Warehouse turned 15 years old this June?

In the past fifteen years, the Warehouse has redistributed far more than chairs, beds, and can openers. Furniture is our currency, but what we really provide is health, happiness, and housing stability for thousands of neighbors in need annually.

Community Warehouse impacts a breadth of important issues, including:

  1. Social cohesion: client families feel cared about and supported by the community
  2. Sleep: we are the only agency in the region redistributing beds
  3. Food security: we provide kitchenware so families can cook healthy meals
  4. Housing retention: families are more likely to remain in furnished homes
  5. Financial prosperity: once we stabilize a family in their home, they can focus their resources on education, food, employment, or rehabilitation

It is truly a community effort. In the past 5 years alone, you have helped us bring stability, dignity, and hope to 37,000 people.

Here is one small story of a family who accessed the Warehouse this spring (narrated by Client Services Coordinator Vicky):

“A young mother who lost everything when she fled a domestic violence situation came in with her father. When he walked into the Warehouse, he was visibly taken aback. Before me stood a big burly man moved to tears over what his daughter was about to receive.

As we loaded a gorgeous kitchen table, a comfy couch and love seat (very heavy!), bunk beds for the kids, a recliner for mom, and boxes full of kitchen stuff and bedding, he repeatedly uttered ‘I just can't believe something like this exists.’ He gave out bear hugs, high fives and so many thank yous.

This is what dignity looks like. This is what we do.”

Your support makes a difference at the Warehouse, every day, in big and little ways. Together, we are providing comfort and stability to those who are in most need of it.

With sincere appreciation,

Anna

Happy kid helping pack his family
Happy kid helping pack his family's furniture
Apr 28, 2016

A small window of joy...

A week or so back, I was in the midst of a report when I heard giggles floating through my office door. I had to investigate. I had barely stepped onto the Warehouse floor when this little fellow appeared and promptly stuck out his hand to introduce himself: "Hello!" 

I smiled big - so mature! We were soon moving about the Warehouse while he helped carry the smaller goods that his family had selected to their truck. He was quite the gymnast, and was very proud of his ability to do the splits. Whenever we came across a clear spot on the floor, there was a mini performance – he would drop to the floor with great enthusiasm, then bounce right back up. Oh, to be five again! 

When I returned to my office, I was still smiling. I glanced down at the last image I took on my phone: the young boy was walking confidently toward a full truck, his new chair in tow. 

I felt warmth well in my heart at the significance of this small window of joy and hope....a window that may extend into the rest of his life.

Our services positively impact food security, housing security, physical and mental health, family health, educational achievement, and much more. Thank you for helping support basic needs for families and individuals in our community.

Warmly,
Rena

Feb 5, 2016

I don't know what we would do without you...

A veteran picking out his new bed
A veteran picking out his new bed

Dear Friends,

In 2015, Community Warehouse took major strides by partnering with the Portland Mayor’s Office and multiple key partners for the Home For Every Veteran initiative with a goal to house every homeless veteran in Portland by 2016.

Originally, the City hoped to house 450 veterans from June-December 2015. In actuality, the partnered social service agencies (including Community Warehouse) housed 690 homeless veterans in seven months.

Naomi, Case Manager from Transition Projects, spoke about the Warehouse’s impact on her program:

"I don’t know what Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) would do without Community Warehouse. They make the referral process really simple, and I have to say it’s one of my favorite parts about housing our participants. Community Warehouse staff are unfailingly polite and helpful to everyone who comes in, and generally the veteran leaves with much more than they expected to be able to get. I can house somebody, but it’s just a “unit” until they have gotten what they need from Community Warehouse to turn it into a home. Many of our veterans have nothing to their name and have been very disempowered by the experience of homelessness, and being able to furnish an entire place the way they would like helps them regain a sense of agency in their own lives."

In July, Community Warehouse received an incredible donation of 200 brand new Tempur-Pedic mattresses from Bed Mart to support this movement. That’s an in-kind donation of over $200,000 to help veterans and their families sleep in new, comfortable beds.

This month, please consider joining our partner agencies and companies in supporting Community Warehouse’s efforts to help veterans with children. Beds are a critical part of a stable home environment. You can provide this comfort and stability to our most vulnerable neighbors.

 

Warmly,

Dunetchka Otero-Serrano
Executive Director

 
   

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