WHAT IS A FURNITURE BANK?
Furniture Banks are registered charities, not-for-profit organizations or social enterprises designed to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families in need, at little or no cost.
The movement, which originated in the United States, is now firmly established and continuing to gain momentum in Canada. The basic model involves gently used furniture being donated by people who no longer use it, and transferred to those who are struggling financially to furnish their own homes. Usually, a network of community agencies ensures that the right people get access to the furniture.
It’s a cycle of giving and helping, providing the most vulnerable individuals in society the means to create a true home.
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1998, Furniture Bank helps individuals and families in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes.
We offer a furniture pickup service that covers the whole of the GTA. Our 30,000 square foot facility in south Etobicoke is equipped with a furniture showroom for clients to browse and select furniture items, a warehouse to receive and organize furniture donations, and a waiting room for client appointments.
We works with 78 social service partner agencies to provide furniture at no cost to:
People transitioning out of homelessness
Women and children escaping abusive situations
Refugees & newcomers to Canada
Our goal: to ensure that no family goes to sleep on the floor in the Greater Toronto Area.