Community Impact – 2016
Furniture for Families program
Through our Furniture for Families program, the Furniture Bank served 1,398 client-families – or more than 4,380 individuals in total – providing 12,110 items of furniture valued at $682,000.
The Furniture Bank picked up gently-used furniture from more than 2,000 individual and corporate furniture donors, and delivered furniture to 459 low-income families.
Of the 4,380 people we helped in 2016, more than 2,000 were children. Our organization served 818 children aged four and under, and 1,136 young people between the ages of five and 14.
Serving Lower Income Households
Seventy percent (70%) of families served had an annual household income of less than $10,000 and 89% had an income of less than $19,000.
Thousands of Items of Furniture Donated
The Furniture Bank provided 1,948 mattresses, 1,770 box springs, 1,269 dressers, 1,043 sofas, 584 dining tables and 2,347 dining chairs– along with hundreds of living room chairs, end tables, nightstands and other items – to local families in need.
Through our specialized program for infants, the Furniture Bank provided 105 new portable cribs to at-risk newborns. Additionally, safe sleep educational materials were distributed to families, providing valuable information on health, safety and proper childhood development.
Expanding Through Southeast Michigan
In 2015, the Furniture Bank began serving families in Detroit and Wayne County for the first time in the organization’s 48-year history. Through the end of 2016, the organization has provided 122 Wayne County families (262 individuals in total) with 1,433 items of furniture.