Mohammad and his family recently relocated to Philadelphia. They are originally from Afghanistan, and came to Philadelphia without many personal belongings or furnishings. The family worked with Nationalities Service Center to find an apartment in Mayfair, and visited the Philadelphia Furniture Bank prior to moving in.
At PFB, Mohammad was able to choose an entire household's worth of furnishings in one appointment, and he chose items that fit his family's needs, the size of their new home, and their personal style. The family has two small children, and they were able to find sturdy furnishings that could support them as their children grow up.
Pathways to Housing PA opened the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) in late 2014 as a centralized resource for furniture for human service organizations from across Philadelphia. Member agencies schedule appointments for their clients who then visit our showroom floor to choose their furniture to start fresh as they move out of homelessness. Each individual or family receives a full home’s worth of furniture, including brand new bedding. Since our founding, we’ve furnished more than 5,500 homes.
PFB relies on furniture donations from individuals and businesses in order to operate, from single items of furniture all the way through to large hotel or dormitory cleanouts. This donated furniture would otherwise end up in landfills, and instead helps individuals and families transition from temporary to permanent housing. Good Haul is one of many partners in providing furniture items to PFB. In addition, all revenue from Good Haul is used to support operations at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank.
PFB is an unduplicated resource in Philadelphia for social service agencies and our shared mission of ending homelessness. PFB allows people to move into their new homes faster, without having to wait until they’ve saved enough to furnish the home themselves, and to focus on healing, finding employment, strengthening their families, and rejoining their communities.