Community Impact – 2018
Furniture for Families program
Through our Furniture for Families program, the Furniture Bank served 1,717 client-families – or more than 5,846 individuals in total – providing 14,547 items of furniture valued at $726,499.
The Furniture Bank picked up gently-used furniture from 2,892 individual and corporate furniture donors, and delivered furniture to 387 low-income families.
Of the 5,846 people we helped in 2018, more than 60% were children. Our organization served 1,064 children age four and under, 1,219 young people between the ages of five and 14, and 323 young people age 15-19. In 2018, our Bedding for Kids program (in its second year) helped 734 children receive new bedding along with their beds, ensuring these children have a warm place to sleep.
Serving Lower Income Households
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of families served in 2018 reported having an annual household income of less than $10,000; 88% reported having an income of less than $20,000.
Thousands of Items of Furniture Donated
The Furniture Bank provided 1,825 mattresses, 1,635 box springs, 1,177 dressers, 975 sofas, 535 dining tables and 2,162 dining chairs– along with 1,336 other pieces of living room furniture and 3,654 other household items to local families in need.
Serving Infants & Toddlers
Through our specialized program for infants and toddlers, the Furniture Bank provided 89 new cribs, 91 new portable cribs, and 62 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.
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 50-year history. In 2018, the Furniture Bank provided 215 Wayne County families with 2,526 items of furniture valued at $125,140.