Dec 27, 2019

The Little Things Are Big

Child in Chef's hat
Child in Chef's hat

After fleeing domestic violence, Jessica and her daughter Sam needed to start all over again. Jessica came to Community Warehouse to furnish the apartment. She says she'd never before fully appreciated the freedom of having her own space.

"Pulling a book from the bookshelf to read to my daughter: those little things are so important."

Once settled, Jessica decided to start a new holiday tradition of doing something kind for others. With a stocked kitchen, she and Sam make food and pack it up to hand out to homeless people.

"I received so much warmth and assistance when I needed it and I want to give back."

Having a full home, not an empty space, helps Jessica focus on her family's goals. Jessica is proud to be fully independent again, working, and making sure Sam is thriving.

"I have always believed in the giving nature of people. Even when that hasn't been my experience, I still believed in it. I see it in myself. Coming to Community Warehouse was an affirmation of that belief."

For Jessica, one of the joys of her furnished home is making popcorn for family movie nights on the sofa.

With every home we help create, Community Warehouse is providing much more than just furniture.

As Jessica so beautifully shared, the lasting impact we have on thousands of lives each year is the pride of providing for loved ones, the freedom of creating an individual space, and an inspiring model for sharing with neighbors.

Your support ensures this life-changing service is available for 60 families like Jessica's every week. Please give generously today. (If you've already contributed this holiday season, thank you!)

Jessica and Sam
Jessica and Sam
Oct 2, 2019

As we move into Fall....

Fall 2019 Update
Fall 2019 Update

Leaves redden and fall. Blankets cover couches and bare knees. Mugs of coffee steam. Rugs warm cold toes. Towels hug after showers. The comforts of home are especially essential as winter approaches. Your support brings tangible comfort to the homes and lives of neighbors in need.

By supporting Community Warehouse through GlobalGiving, you are providing a foundation for successful and happy communities. When we have a comfortable and welcoming home, we experience higher self-esteem, feel more stable, and find peace in resting and recharging. This is particularly important for our neighbors transitioning from homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence, or other vulnerable or disempowering situation.

“I love that you give new life to ‘old’ furniture and goods. You are making a positive impact on our environment and our community.” –Anonymous Donor

Thank you for supporting happier, healthier futures for neighbors in need.

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Jul 2, 2019

In Good Hands - Meet Our Delivery Team

Our Delivery Team Steven and Joe
Our Delivery Team Steven and Joe

Who turns empty rooms into comfy homes? These guys! Meet our Delivery Team staff members: Steven Littleton (left) and Joe Smoot (right).

Both men are Portland natives, dads, and coach football in their spare time. They’ve worked at Community Warehouse for over a year, showing up to clients' doorsteps with warm smiles and a truck full of furniture day in and day out.

Steven says the best moment on the job is "being at someone’s house when the kids get home from school. They’re so excited to see the stuff they picked out – like beds - in their place."

In addition to providing excellent customer service, Joe and Steven receive training (along with all our staff) in Trauma-Informed Care, racial equity, and domestic violence awareness. Community Warehouse is proud to have Steven and Joe representing us in the community – we’re all in good hands! 

Steven and Joe are 2 of our 30 staff members who bought the comforts of home to 3,457 children in 2018 - almost half of the 7,662 clients that were served. Your support made this possible!

Child's Bedroom
Child's Bedroom
 
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