The Carpenters Place has had great success in securing housing for homeless men and women. In January 2005, 36 homeless individuals obtained stabilized living arrangements through the Carpenters Place.
The challenge that comes with that accomplishment is securing needed furniture and household items to furnish those housing accommodations, stated Cathy Barsema, director of Guest Services at The Carpenters Place. It takes an amazing amount of furniture and basic household items to keep pace with our housing placements. Securing these items would be a daunting task for anyone transitioning out of homelessness. We really must ask for help from people in the community to fulfill this tremendous need.
Furniture needs include: single beds, dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, sofas, chairs, and living room tables and lamps.
The following household items are also needed: pots and pans, dishes, drinking glasses, silverware, bed sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, kitchen and bath towels, and small appliances such as toasters, irons, etc. In addition, donations of cleaning supplies are appreciated: dish soap, cleanser, floor cleaner, mops, buckets, disinfectant, etc.
The Carpenters Place is a local not-for-profit agency that provides a wide range of services to homeless men and women. For more information, or to make arrangements to donate needed items, call Kay Larrick at 964-4105, ext. 211. Financial donations to purchase required supplies may be sent to The Carpenters Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, IL 61104, Attn: Kay Larrick.
From the April 13-19, 2005, issue