EXCITING CHANGES 5/29/18
May 29, 2018 -Today is an exciting day as it is the beginning of a partnership between Journey Home’s Making a House a Home Program, and A Hand Up! We have been working in the same area helping the same clients, and have realized that in order to truly help those on their transition out of homelessness we must work together, join efforts, and create even more opportunities for our volunteers like you, to provide much needed furniture and household goods to our clients in need.
For those that don’t know me, my name is Alison Scharr at a Journey Home runs the Making a House a Home program at Journey Home. Todd Polley and and Sue Keating at A Hand Up have passed their dutiesAlison in order to have a centralized system of tracking donations, client requests, and deliveries out to our clients in need. Our goal with this collaboration is to get to clients more quickly and efficiently.
We will start having opportunities to volunteer Tuesday-Friday 9am-12pm each week as well as every Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm. We are hoping that with the additional days for volunteers, we will be able to get apartments furnished more quickly with less of a wait time for beds and other highly needed items.
You, our volunteers, are and always have been an instrumental role in making sure both organizations can get the furniture out to the households that need it. You will continue to be of vital importance as our organizations merge and more opportunities become available, because without you, our clients would be sleeping on the floor, sitting on the floor to eat, and unable to cook items in their own apartments. With your help, our clients have a better quality of life and can finally feel at home.
Alison Scharr, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator,860-808-0336
Journey Home, Inc.
A Hand Up, Inc. distributes donated goods to help people transition from homelessness to independent living.
We have warehouse space at 93 Talcott Road in West Hartford to store our donated items. We accept donations of gently used furniture and household goods – please see the “Wish List” tab on our website for specific information on what we need. We also need strong volunteers who can lift heavy household furniture to assist with pick-ups and deliveries and volunteers to help organize the warehouse. Please refer to the “About” tab for more information on how to get involved. Thanks for your interest in our organization!
(Note: Please do not drop things off at the warehouse location without making arrangements as it is not staffed.)
Please see our list of needed items on the “Wish List” of our website.We have a new way for you to make financial donations to A Hand Up. It’s through our “donate” button. Give it a try!
When you shop on Amazon use Amazon Smile and support A Hand Up with a 1/2% of your purchase. Use this link to go directly there to our specific page http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2257165
Also, please consider writing us in as a receiving agency on your United Way sign up form. They don’t give out new agency numbers anymore but you can write us in. We are A Hand Up, Inc and our EIN# is 20-2257165
The transition from the streets to a new home can be tough.
Many people manage to escape homelessness, but come home to an empty house every night.
How would you live without even a cooking pot, a chair or a bed?
Sometimes everyone needs a hand up.
A Hand Up, Inc.
P.O. Box 270323
West Hartford, CT 06127-0323