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Yonnette talks to Howard about beds for her and her family.

On a sunny June day, Yonnette came into the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. The Philadelphia Furniture Bank, a project of Pathways to Housing PA, provides furniture for individuals and families moving out of homelessness. Most clients that come into the furniture bank live in homes without couches, beds, tables, and even lights. Yonnette was one of thsoe individuals.

"Do you have any kids?" we asked.

"Yes, I have two boys, ages 9 and 10. I also have two twins on the way!" she said with glee.

Man sitting in a chair smiling.

This week at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank we interviewed Manny, a Mission Year volunteer. Manny has been working at the furniture bank for seven months. Mission Year is a Christian volunteer program meant to provide a lifestyle led by faith, community, and service. This program provides services in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston and partners with local churches, non-profits, and activists trying to transform their communities. Before Manny's experience at the furniture bank comes to a close on July 27th, we sat down and asked him a few questions. 

2 women standing together, smiling.

There's a new intern at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank this week - thanks to a partnership with New Leash on Life. New Leash on Life is a non-profit, prison-dog training program, dedicated to improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs. After serving their time, formerly incarcerated individuals interview with multiple organizations including the Philadelphia Furniture Bank and are offered internships to gain the job training and experience necessary to re-enter the workforce.

Kitchen Appliances

The Philadelphia Furniture Bank was awarded a complete IKEA makeover from the IKEA store in South Philadelphia. The makeover will create a gathering space for families moving out of homelessness and furniture bank volunteers that is functional, inviting and well-designed — a place our community can feel welcome and comfortable.

Members of EvolveIP pose in the Furniture Bank.

In honor of National Volunteer Week from April 10-16th, it's our pleasure to highlight some of our awesome volunteers. Recently at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, an enthusiastic group of volunteers from EvolveIP gave their time to help families who are moving out of homelessness. They were rock stars, assembling a total of 36 tables and 64 chairs!

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