Outreach Opportunities Fund
HomeStart Foundation (March 2023-June 2023).
“The mission of the HomeStart Foundation is to redistribute safe, clean, functional furniture in a professional, dignified manner, from those who want to share to those who are truly in need. We are a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization. We pick up and receive donated usable furniture – furniture a person or family needs to set up a home. We distribute the donated items to families and individuals to help them turn their empty housing into a furnished home. HomeStart Foundation provides these basic items, free of charge, to people who have been homeless, with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and long-term stability.” – HomeStart Foundation
The Refugee Team suggested HomeStart as an OOF recipient. A few months ago, George from the Refugee team, visited the HomeStart warehouse and selected furniture for our recent Burundian refugee. This included dressers, shelving, kitchen table+chairs, end tables, lamps, sofa, and armchairs – a complete apartment excluding beds which we are required to supply new. Homestart delivered all of this to the apartment on the same day at no cost to us. This saved the refugee team hundreds of dollars and much time, eliminating a major worry!
Homestart could also benefit the UCV congregation by providing our members with an economical means for down-sizers to donate unwanted furniture. Homestart charges donors a reasonable $75 to have 2 people come to a location in their serving area and pickup donated items which are taken to their warehouse for re-distribution to those in need. They accept pre-arranged drop-offs at no charge to donors. Refugee team members are often approached by UCV members who offer donations of furniture which we can’t accept.
Here are some of the organisations we have supported in the past.
The Treehouse $3000
Quest Outreach Society $2500
Aboriginal Mother Centre $2000
Sole Food Street Farms $2000
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (to be allocated to Warriors Against Violence) $2693
RAVEN Trust $2810
Portland Hotel Society for activities related to Overdose Prevention Society $1681
Kinbrace – $1500.00
Mom2Mom – Child Poverty Initiative $2,000
Covenant House (no record)
Aunt Leah’s Place $2500
Elizabeth Fry Society $2500