Nonprofit recycles donated furniture to help people in need

By Sue Wambolt, author

The Fresh Start Furniture Bank in Hudson provides recycled furniture for families in need. (Photo / submitted)

Hudson – Fresh Start Furniture Bank (FSFB) was founded in 2013 under the name Touchstone Furniture Depot. In 2015 the name was changed to better reflect the organization’s mission to restore hope, dignity and stability by recycling donated furniture and housewares free of charge for people and families with low to middle incomes.

In 2015, the FSFB distributed 4,115 furniture and housewares to families in need – including women and children fleeing domestic violence, people coming from shelters or shelters, veterans, immigrants, people recovering from physical and mental illnesses, and Victim of fire. Customers are referred to the FSFB through social services and may only receive a single referral. This year, the FSFB expects to distribute an estimated 6,700 items that could potentially supply the households of over 360 families.

For Alexis Dascoli, board member and graphic designer who created the organization’s logo, working with FSFB has been extremely rewarding.

“It makes me happy to serve individuals and families in need, and it fills my heart to know that there are still kind, caring and loving people like Geoff Shultz (President), Sue Waudby (Vice President) and the rest of the FSFB Teams gives take the time out of their own lives to volunteer and run such an amazing nonprofit, ”she said.

The FSFB is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on the generosity of the community in terms of goods, time and financial support. The charity currently has 66 volunteers and is in dire need of transportation assistance, both in store and on the truck. Other volunteer options include sorters (sorting and packaging donated bed linen and housewares), furniture makers in the shop, and assistants in the shop.

FSFB is located at 34 Tower St., Unit E, Hudson. The submission times for donations are Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A list of acceptable donation items can be found on the FSFB website www.FreshStartFurnitureBank.org. If donors are unable to deliver items, collection can be arranged by calling 508-485-2080 and making an appointment. All donations are tax deductible.

You can find more information at www.FreshStartFurnitureBank.org or on the FSFB’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FreshStartFurnitureBank.

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