Furniture Bank RPC
Furniture Bank RPC
Who does the Furniture Bank help?
People Fleeing Domestic Violence
People Transitioning out of Homelessness
People Living in Low-Income
About the Furniture Bank
Furniture is something that many of us take for granted, but a house cannot be a home without these basic necessities. Without a place to call home, your dignity and your social and mental health suffer.
The Furniture Bank is helping to change that for Simcoe Muskoka residents who can’t afford to furnish their house. Whether someone is transitioning out of homelessness, leaving an abusive or dangerous household or is one of the more than 60,000 Simcoe Muskoka residents living in poverty, the Furniture Bank is helping to make houses into homes. Furthermore, the Furniture Bank is providing Living Wage employment and skill-building opportunities to individuals living in low-income.
The Furniture Bank also helps the environment and our communities by diverting used furniture from going to the landfill. It’s estimated that Simcoe County will save $500,000 in waste management costs every year thanks to the Furniture Bank, reducing the garbage in our landfill and helping everyone’s tax dollars go further.
Sub-Region: Barrie & Area, North Simcoe
Local Issues Addressed:
Partners: Redwood Park Communities (Project Lead), Community Builders, Furniture Link, Furniture Bank (Toronto), Jeff White Group – Jeff’s Junk
Furniture Bank Impact
Since November 2020
unique vulnerable individuals served
cubic metres of furniture diverted from Barrie landfill
volunteers welcomed from the community
“You are amazing, thank you so so so much guys … for all your help, it is much appreciated. We promise to love and take care of everything and [pay] it forward when we can next.”
– Furniture Bank Recipient
“I have struggled with anxiety for a lot of my life and this job has actually helped me tremendously. Everyone is so supportive no matter what and as soon as I walk in the door it’s instant positivity … If ever I start to feel overwhelmed we are always offered support, and everyone just helps everyone it’s amazing!
“This job does not only give me confidence but it has given me the basic skills that are needed in life. It has also made me realize that this is something that I love to do! When I wake up in the morning, I am so excited to go to work because I know the story behind what we’re doing. It gives me so much motivation and warmth in my heart. It makes all the hard work worth it because of the amazing outcome at the end of it.”
– Furniture Bank Living Wage Employee