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Chicago Furniture Bank

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Environment
  • Homeless & Housing
  • People with Disabilities
  • Race & Ethnicity

Location

4801 S Whipple StChicago, IL 60632 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Chicago Furniture Bank is to provide dignity, stability and comfort to Chicagoans that face poverty by allowing clients to handpick an entire home's worth of furniture. Together with our 400+ partner organizations, we help Chicagoans in need by providing complete furnishing packages that turn empty spaces into comfortable homes.

Description

The CFB collects donated furniture and housewares to give to those leaving shelters and moving into permanent housing. We serve the formerly homeless, victims of domestic violence, the mentally and physically disabled, recovering addicts, veterans, and other populations that face poverty through partnerships with 400 local nonprofits. In three years, the CFB has furnished 5,500 homes for more than 14,300 clients, distributing 6,000 tons of furniture that would have likely ended in landfills. CFB currently the largest furniture bank in the country, furnishing around thirteen homes per day with a staff of 33 full-time employees that are primarily hired through nonprofit workforce development programs. We project to fully furnish 3,200 homes for 8,000 people in 2021, with the goal of furnishing 5,000 homes per year by 2023.

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