Habitat For Humanity Receives Ontario Trillium Grant

Habitat for Humanity will re-open a furniture bank in Windsor thanks to $75,000 in provincial grant money. 

The money will be used to pick-up and salvage used furniture and will also passed on to community partners in the form of gift cards so that those in need can shop with dignity and get what they want. 

Habitat will be working with Matthew House and the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative to provide furniture for newcomers, refugees and the formerly homeless. 

Executive Director Fiona Coughlin says the money will be used to help create a sustainable model. 

"The funding will be used to help off-set the cost of picking up more furniture," says Coughlin.  "Our partners will be referring all their furniture donations through Habitat's re-store and we'll be doing all the pick-ups to ensure that people in need can access furniture."

She says the funding will be put to good use. 

"Essentially we're passing the money forward to the organizations that we're partnering with so that they can allow their clients and people in need and guests to shop with dignity, they don't pay, they pay with dignity in the re-store."

The previous furniture bank served over 500 families during its 16-months of operation. 

 

— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi