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Meijer Family Spotlight

August 2023

Welcome to our Meijer Family Spotlight Series, where we’ll feature just a few of the 2,300 families we’re providing with beds and furniture each year.

Each family who is featured will receive a $250 Meijer gift card… and we thank Meijer for their generous support of the Furniture Bank and the families we serve!

Meet Tarece Gary

Tarece is our Meijer Spotlight for the month of August.

Tarece Gary, a single mother of eight children, was referred to the Furniture Bank by Wayne Metro, which has a number of programs aimed at helping families obtain affordable, sustainable housing.

Beds and furniture are a key, and often overlooked, component of stable housing, as they allow families to live with the dignity and basic comfort that many of us take for granted.


Tarece is pictured with her Meijer Gift Card

As a single mom, making ends meet with a one parent income can be difficult to manage. Through the Furniture Bank’s Furniture for Families program, however, Tarece’s family was able to receive dressers, living room furniture and a dining set.

She was particularly thankful for the beds her family received because it allows her children to consistently get a good night’s rest. In addition to furniture, Tarece’s family received smaller housewares such as pots, pans, dishes, utensils, bedding, and towels.

“I would recommend the Furniture Bank to anyone that needs beds and furniture for their family.”, says Tarece. “I am grateful for the furniture we received.”

Tarece currently works as a hair stylist and hopes to open her own salon within the next 5 years, and with her Meijer gift card she can put more food on the table for her family. The Furniture Bank is so glad to be able to help her family and wishes her the best in all her future endeavors!

Tarece Grays boys on a donated couch

Two of Tarece’s eight children enjoy their new sofa!


Meijer is a family-owned retailer committed to enriching lives in the communities it serves, following a simple philosophy established by their founder:

“Take care of your customers, team members and community … and all of them will take care of you, just like a family.”

– Fred Meijer