You come home. It’s been a rough day. All you want to do is sit down on the couch and destress a little while. The kids need to finish their homework so they can set the table for dinner. After you eat, you’ll need to work on paying the bills and reviewing the kids’ schoolwork. Then, you walk into your home, and you see no couch, no table, and not enough chairs. You followed the programs and you’ve worked hard with your agency and you’ve climbed up from homelessness to an apartment for which you are grateful. An unfurnished apartment. And as the kids do their schoolwork on the floor and no couch beckons you to rest a moment, you don’t feel the relief of coming home. You feel just a different kind of weight. What is a table? A breakfast table. A dinner table. A desk. A meeting place. A spot to place your keys. But more than those things, it is dignity. At Tarrant County Furniture Bank we believe furniture is more than comfort. Furniture represents a chance for self sufficiency, higher levels of self esteem and long term stability. It provides hope. Furniture improves living conditions, helping to elevate personal pride and dignity by offering some normalcy and independence. Furniture Changes Lives. The Tarrant County Furniture Bank partners with organizations that assist persons transitioning from homelessness. Too often those organizations cannot use their funding for furnishing. The results is people happy to have a stable dwelling, but too aware that their situation is anything but normal. We sell $10 vouchers to these organizations. The partner organization’s clients then use those vouchers during shopping trips To our 5000 square foot warehouse. Most of our furniture is gently used donated furniture that we further clean up. The mattresses we provide are brand new. We provide this furniture at greatly reduced rates. Clients actually schedule shopping experiences where they choose their own couch, their own chairs and table. Persons coming in today would be able to exercise their taste and their style in choosing from over two dozen couches. Allowing clients to pick their own furnishings on these trips is part of the dignity and pride that’s important. Deserving persons receive furniture - the couch, the chair, the bed, and we keep a tremendous amount of furnishings out of landfills. As the Chairman of the Board of the Tarrant County Furniture Bank, I have seen clients come in for shopping trips, and experienced excitement and gratitude they feel while choosing their furniture for their home. I’ve heard the excited shouts of kids as we carry in mattresses. As they proudly proclaim, “That’s my bed.” And I am greedy. I want more. I want your furnishings and your money and your time. I will take any or all of the three. Because the thing I’m most greedy for is more excited children no longer sleeping on the floor or no longer using an overturned box as a desk. A little over a year ago, I stood in the kitchen of a client having delivered furniture including a kitchen table and she wept as she told me she was having her parents over for Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. I want that for them. And I want it for you. Because I promise, whether you donate furniture, money or your time as a volunteer, you will be filled with feelings you will want more of. Please visit our website at tarrantcountyfurniturebank.org or feel free to contact me directly. Thank you.