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Make It Home recycles and repurposes gently used furniture to create welcoming home environments for those transitioning into their own homes. Photo courtesy of Make It Home

  For those transitioning out of homelessness, or aging out of foster care, even the simplest of household goods or furnishings can be unaffordable. Founded by interior designer Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery, Make It Home is a nonprofit furniture bank that provides gently used furniture and household goods to newly-housed foster kids, formerly homeless families and individuals who would otherwise move into an empty apartment. 

   “For those in transition, furniture poverty is real,” said Kendall Galli, MIH board member. “Families shouldn’t have to choose between buying food for the table and the table.“

   Partnering with local agencies who identify specific clients in need, MIH volunteers use quality donated furniture and household goods to put together welcoming home environments that are then delivered to those in need at their new homes. Serving Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Contra Costa counties, its vision is to end furniture poverty and bring hope to families while being self-sustaining, creating jobs, and protecting the environment.

   Since October 0f 2020, MIH has furnished 861 households, supported 802 children, bolstered the lives of 1,023 adults and diverted 947 tons from local landfills. They have also partnered to improve community spaces and gathering places for some Marin nonprofit peers including, Side by Side TAY Center, Marin County Cooperation Team, Bridge the Gap and Marin Foster Care.

   To learn more, visitmakeithomebayarea.org

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