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. 

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.

"'Welcoming' is what we most want to be for the people we serve. Ikea’s makeover will transform our space into a 'welcome place' and we are truly grateful for that gift, expressed Chris Simiriglia, CEO of Pathways to Housing PA.

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!

Heather smiles for the camera in her favorite chair.

I will never forget meeting Heather. It was my first time at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank as an intern of Pathways to Housing PA, and I was eager to see our work in action. As you may know, the furniture bank is an incredible organization by Pathways to Housing PA that allows low-income families to receive furniture for free. At Pathways, we work to house homeless Philadelphians, however we quickly learned that four walls do not make a home. A house without any furniture is not really a home at all. This is the story of Heather, and her journey in making her house a home.


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