Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) has provided furniture for over 3,269 families, since 2003. DFB has touched the lives of over 13,000, and will impact an additional 2,000 in this year. Basic furniture gives a family the sense of pride, hope, stability, as well as giving a safe and well-equipped environment.
What a few of our clients say:
“I am more confident. I will be able to have family and guests over.”
V.R. - referred by North Dallas Shared Ministries
“My kids and new baby will have somewhere to sleep.”
L.C. - referred by Children’s Medical Center
“By my surroundings looking better, it makes me and my family feel good.”
G.E - referred by The Wilkinson Center
"I was in a homeless shelter with my son since he was 3 months old. He is almost 2 years old now. I was finally transitioning out of homeless service and I was going to be able to have my own apartment, but I didn't have any furniture at all (I never have), or money to buy my own furniture ... They gave me a referral for your services ... My bed is wonderful. So is my couch. I LOVE the matching nightstands. I hope more people get the chance ... like me ... I feel like I have a home instead of an empty house. I feel like I made it through the bad ... as I am trying to rebuild my life, I would have an empty house if it wasn't for y'all. When I come home and see my house full of nice furniture that I get to keep, I know I made it. I'm blessed ... I am so thankful! Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me and my son to have such nice furniture. I just don't know what words describe how much I really appreciate being able to have nice furniture."
Erin - Received a sofa, bed, recliner, coffee and end table, 2 nightstands, 2 lamps
Victoria, a 32 year-old mother of four, came to DFB for service in 2006. She had recently entered a transitional housing program at a DFB partner agency. Victoria realized that she had to seek assistance to care for her children and get back on her feet, after fleeing an abusive marriage and completing a program at an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. Once her treatment was finished, she regained custody of her children and renewed her desire to improve the lives of her family. She re-enrolled at a local community college to finish her education.
Victoria knew that having a comfortable place to live was the foundation that allowed kids to do well in school, and for her to do well as a parent. Receiving furniture from DFB was a pivotal step in Victoria's return to stability. When DFB provided furnishings to Victoria's apartment, she began to cry. She received sofa sectional, living room accessories, a dining table with chairs, bunk beds for her girls and a bed for herself and her son. While she and her family received other furniture additions, these were their most treasured pieces. Her children were extremely excited, and her youngest daughter, who liked to be called "Mariah Carey," danced all over her home to express her joy about the furniture additions to their home!
Jesse Hart, on the left of the Dallas Furniture Bank Executive Director – Aliah M. Henry, was pregnant with her second child and excitedly planning her wedding when she heard the news that her fiancé had been killed. In one moment, her entire life was turned upside down. After working hard with her partner agency, she regained financial stability with her job at Bank of America, and was able to move into a home through Habitat for Humanity in South Dallas. DFB provided an entire home of furnishings the week before Thanksgiving 2011. We even brought a turkey to celebrate because there was so much to be grateful for in our clients’ transition to stability!
Through the DFB efficient model of receiving bulk furniture donations, we are able to serve most clients referred to us from our 35 partner agencies for approximately $20 per piece. A family of four can furnish their apartment to fulfill basic needs - a sofa, dining room table with chairs, beds, dressers and lighting - for less than $120. This also diverts tons of furniture that would otherwise be put into landfills making us a green initiative.
The Williams Family visited the Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) warehouse on our visitation day. They were in desperate need of beds. Dorothy Williams, the grandmother to eight children, had taken on the custody of all of the grandchildren whose mother was incarcerated. Her home was not outfitted for so many children. There was no way, at normal garage sale or thrift store prices, that she was going to be able to afford outfitting her home. Upon visiting DFB, she was able to afford beds for her grandchildren (five pictured here with her outside of our Carrollton warehouse), AND a sectional couch where everyone could be together.
This is Stanie Larsen. Her father Stanley was an engineer in Haiti before the earthquake. His wife, Alexandre, and daughters, Stanie and Christie, had no clue how their lives would change in an instant … forever. In the earthquake, the 2 year old daughter, Christie, sustained a head injury that left her brain damaged. The family arrived in Dallas as refugees, and settled in Vickery Meadows, apartments near Walnut Hill and Central Expressway in Dallas.
Each morning, Alexandre would take Stanie to pre-school, wearing the only pair of shoes she had … high heels. She had to carry Christie, who no longer walked. Alexandre was seven months pregnant with their third child. Stanley took English as a Second Language classes in order to become gainfully employed and self-sufficient. Living in a one bedroom apartment, they had hand-me-downs that were cluttering what little space they had.
In partnership with Temple Emanu-El, in October 2010, Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provided a kitchen table with chairs, a couch, a twin bed, dressers, a double stroller, portable crib for their third child and artwork. Theses basics took the Larsen’s from feeling down and out, to being filled with hope. They had an opportunity to share with our volunteers their experience, their frustrations, and in return, gain a sense of community. DFB continued to check on them and felt encouraged by their growth. Stanie went from having no bed, to having her own safe place to sleep. She mastered English and is attending kindergarten.
In 2012, the Mpiana family was served by Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) in the “You Make My Home Smile” project. They are a family of 8 siblings, who moved to the U.S from Zambia in 2007. Due to the size of their family, and being able to afford housing that would accommodate the entire family, they had been unable to live together. The eldest siblings successfully completed a program through Habitat Humanity, enabling them to own their first home. The new home brought the Mpiana together. DFB added to their new life by supplying a large dining room table with chairs, which aids in the family’s new togetherness and the making of many family memories.
Since 2003, Dallas Furniture Bank has strived to serve the community as the agency in the Dallas Metro Area whose sole mission is to provide basic furnishings to those in need. Those we serve include: senior citizens, those fleeing domestic violence, refugees, the working poor, veterans, single parents and those dealing with natural disaster or medical emergencies. It is staggering to know that of all the children who we impact, 69% of them are under the age of 10.