What a year it was! Record breaking!

2015 was a record year for A Hand Up – 276 donor pick-ups, 161 client deliveries, 173 client referrals – Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers and donors and especially to Sam Paul, our fab director of operations!

We have a client that just moved into an apartment on Woodland Ave. in Hartford and he needs everything.  He will be at the A Hand Up warehouse located at 93 Talcott Rd., West Hartford this Saturday, 1/9/15, at 10:00am.  We need a couple volunteers that can help the client pick out furniture and other household items and load them onto his truck.  On Sunday, 1/10/15, starting at 12:00 noon, we have scheduled several pick-ups of donated furniture in the area and we need a driver plus 2-3 volunteers that can load and unload furniture to help us out.  Please let us know if you can help either day.

This past Saturday we had our first Drop Off Day of 2016.  A big thanks to Jim and Thomas Rattigan for staffing the warehouse to receive donated items, reorganizing furniture in the warehouse and putting together boxes of dishware/glassware/silverware/kitchenware for our clients.  The place never looked so good!  While Jim and Thomas were at work, Mike & Jeremy Fishman and Alan Heins made a delivery to a vet in Southington.   The vet received a pillow, a set of linens and a blanket for his bed, a dresser, coffee table, lamp and TV cart for his living room and silverware and cookware for the kitchen.  Thank you to Mike, Jeremy and Alan for filling in the gaps at the client’s apartment.

This past Monday, Todd Polley led a team of volunteers from the American School for the Deaf on a delivery to a single mother and her two kids.  When they arrived at the apartment all that was in it was a bed for mom and a TV.  When they left the apartment, the kids had beds, a dresser and a nightstand for their room, the living room had a recliner, area rug, coffee table, a TV stand and a bookshelf, and the kitchen had a table, chairs and everything needed to cook and eat with.  Everyone had sheets for their bed, a pillow to lay their head and a blanket to keep them warm at night.  As Todd joked in his report, “the kids are going to come back from school and think they were in the wrong apartment”.  Kudos to Todd and the students from ASD for turning an empty apartment into a home.”