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Community Impact – 2017

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    Furniture for Families program

    Through our Furniture for Families program, the Furniture Bank served 1,923 client-families – or more than 5,582 individuals in total – providing 12,841 items of furniture valued at $651,019.

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    Furniture Donations

    The Furniture Bank picked up gently-used furniture from 2,743 individual and corporate furniture donors, and delivered furniture to 359 low-income families.

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    Serving Children

    Of the 5,582 people we helped in 2017, more than 2,500 were children. Our organization served 880 children age four and under, 1,307 young people between the ages of five and 14, and 373 young people age 15-19. In 2017, our Bedding for Kids program was started by a generous volunteer and donor, where 791 children received new bedding along with their beds, ensuring these children have a warm place to sleep.

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    Serving Lower Income Households

    Sixty-six percent (66%) of families served in 2017 reported having an annual household income of less than $10,000; 89% reported having an income of less than $19,000.

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    Thousands of Items of Furniture Donated

    The Furniture Bank provided 2,007 mattresses, 1,789 box springs, 1,242 dressers, 957 sofas, 524 dining tables and 2,176 dining chairs– along with 1,372 other pieces of living room furniture and 2,774 other household items to local families in need.

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    Serving Infants & Toddlers

    Through our specialized program for infants and toddlers, the Furniture Bank provided 82 new cribs, 91 new portable cribs, and 66 new toddler beds to at-risk newborns, infants and toddlers. Additionally, safe sleep educational materials were distributed to families, providing valuable information on health, safety and proper childhood development.

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    Southeast Michigan Expansion Update

    In 2015, the Furniture Bank began serving families in Detroit and Wayne County for the first time in the organization’s 49-year history. In 2017, the Furniture Bank provided 136 Wayne County families with 1,267 items of furniture valued at $68,217.