The Philadelphia Furniture Bank hosted a grand reopening at our new space at 3650 I Street last week. We welcomed our member agencies, supporters, volunteers, staff, and friends to tour the new space and learn from our staff about the work we do at PFB.
Our new space added 5,000 square feet to our warehouse, which was a much needed expansion due to the continued demand for our services. We doubled the number of families served last year by furnishing 922 households, and those numbers are holding steady going into this fiscal year.
My name is Matt Tice, and I’m the Practice Clinical Director of Pathways to Housing PA. I’ve spent much of the last 3 years training dozens people on overdose prevention and reversal given the nature of my work. I’ve helped build a program designed to support folks coming from long term homelessness, opioid use, and major trauma to transition into their own apartments with no preconditions. I work with a group of incredible committed folks who fight every day supporting people’s survival. Even in all that I’d never had to do a reversal myself.
With the official start of fall earlier this week, we are reminded that school has started and we're entering a season of change. At Pathways to Housing PA, we are no strangers to embracing change and encouraging our participants to do so as well. A part of rebuilding and reclaiming life starts with making decisions for yourself, which can sometimes be a huge step for our participants who have spent quite a lot of time with no control over their own lives.
Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It can be represented by a good deed, good turn, favor, act of assistance, service, help, or aid. So why don’t we do more of it, especially in service organizations?