May 19, 2022

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For struggling families, Michigan furniture bank helps set up home

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Pontiac — Seanna Newbern, who cares for her 12-yr-previous brother and 8-yr-old daughter, needed furniture to change merchandise destroyed in a go.

The 28-year-old Pontiac resident not long ago turned to the Home furnishings Financial institution of Southeastern Michigan for beds for the children. Earlier this year, she also obtained other merchandise such as a kitchen desk and chairs, finish tables and a few dressers. The charge: $75.

“It saved me a great deal of cash due to the fact I would have been coming out of countless numbers,” said Newbern, who stays household to treatment for her daughter, who is disabled. “It saved me a large amount. It was quite valuable. It’s a extremely fantastic issue that they do for the lower-earnings families.”

Newbern is between the 1,500 families per year referred to the Pontiac-primarily based nonprofit that helps people in poverty, works with child protective solutions or those transitioning from homelessness.

The Furnishings Financial institution said it needs donations from the group as it sees a 65% year-around-yr improve in requests for home furnishings.

Just one of the explanations for the uptick is the end of the eviction moratorium, explained Robert Boyle, govt director for the nonprofit.

“Those families have worked their way as a result of the courts and they are in motels and they are looking to get back into housing,” he stated. “We’ve had flood victims, refugees … Social employees weren’t going into properties throughout the pandemic and they are starting off to do that now. The backlog of folks that have wanted home furniture is starting up to hit.”

Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan executive director Robert Boyle, left, of Grosse Pointe Woods talks with warehouse manager Phil Bradberry of Pontiac at the Furniture Bank in Pontiac.

Final calendar year, the nonprofit gave out 1,100 dressers. The showroom just lately only had a handful of dressers that purchasers could choose.

“We have a ton of dining chairs,” Boyle mentioned as he walked by way of the showroom. “We’re really shorter on dining tables right now. We get carefully utilised, useable mattresses and box springs … We’ll give out 2,000 beds a year, and past yr about 800 went to young ones.”

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