Chicago Furniture Bank Helps Homeless Furnish Their First Homes

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In just eight months, three recent graduates of the Chicago Furniture Bank have shattered their first-year goals. The new nonprofit, which provides furniture for homeless families, hoped to service 400 families in their first year and have reached 600 with four months to go.

Griffin Amdur, James McPhail, and Andrew Witherspoon founded the Chicago Furniture Bank after Amdur spoke to his family about antique china. The three young friends met at the University of Pennsylvania and, in May 2018, were granted one of the school’s $100,000 President’s Engagement Prizes to make their idea a reality.

McPhail told The North Star that the organization aims to provide “comfort and dignity” to clients, who typically find themselves without furniture at new homes after being homeless. The Chicago Furniture Bank has grown exponentially over the past year.

In less than twelve months, the company has gone…

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  • Marcia

    I have been a volunteer at my local “furniture bank” called Household Goods of Acton MA (https://householdgoods.org) for 15 years. We have over 800 volunteers. If you need any help or advice of any kind, please feel free to contact us. We have a notebook by the door for our guests to share their feelings about their visit. Their words of gratitude are heart warming. There is endless need, and by the same token so MUCH in this country that needs recycling – a perfect arrangement. Coming up in the next week we will be going to Boston College to collect all of the stuff the students leave at the end of the year. Such a blessing – so much of it used to go to the dump – perfectly wonderful – sometimes new things. Best of luck in your new venture. May you grow and prosper in your outreach to the poor.

  • Karyn Evans

    Great job Chicago! I am the Furniture Program Director at For Goodness Sake in Plainville CT. We also help the formerly homeless furnish their first homes. Please see our website forgoodnessake.org and hopefully we can share ideas for growth! Peace!

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