Colgate Mattress loves to support organizations that are making great strides to help families provide a safer sleep environment for children. That’s why we proudly sponsor the Furniture Bank Race for Rest. In its ninth year, the Race for Rest is an annual fundraiser that benefits The Furniture Bank, the only agency in metro Atlanta whose mission is to provide free furniture to families in need.
The Furniture Bank was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture for families moving out of homeless shelters. Today, they recycle gently-used furniture by collecting it from the community and giving it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness and fleeing domestic violence, as well as countless others struggling to make ends meet.
Furniture is essential to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. This year’s race raised $41,131 for Atlanta families transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, and living with HIV/AIDs.
What does $41,131 mean to the Atlanta Furniture Bank?
- 652 twin beds for children or
- 100 fully-furnished homes or
- 357 forklift certification scholarships for previously homeless veterans
What Makes a House a Home?
No one should have to walk through the door after a long day at work or school to cold, empty rooms… no couch to sit on, no table to eat at, and no beds to sleep in.
Furniture Bank clients have worked hard to overcome homelessness and financial hardships. They have often spent all of their limited resources on first month’s rent and have no money left to purchase furniture.
This is where the Furniture Bank steps in. Their Making a House a Home Program provides essential household furniture to individuals and families who would otherwise be without.
Clients are given individual appointments in which they are able to select all the furniture they need including beds, dressers, couches, tables, and chairs. With the Furniture Bank’s help, families are able to make a fresh start in their new apartments, now warmly furnished and welcoming.
To learn more or volunteer, visit http://furniturebankatlanta.org.