My day job is at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, where I spend my time helping case managers and their clients coming out of crisis situations select furniture for their new home. But my rest-of-the-time job is mom to my seven-year-old son. Until last week, these worlds really haven’t collided, but when my son decided to play soccer in our neighborhood, he was assigned to a team. Seventeen sponsored teams, only 1 of which was a nonprofit – and what team was he placed on?
Artist Diane Pieri has always looked for authenticity and beauty in her work. When she learned that the Philadelphia Furniture Bank lets families create beauty as they build a new life, she knew she had to get involved.
“When you speak something into existence, it’s amazing how it can grow.” Those words began the Philadelphia Furniture Banks open house this October, where several potential new partners experienced first-hand the amazing work the bank is doing.
Dave is a member of the Pathways' community. He now works part-time at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) as part of Pathways' Transitional Supported Employment Program. He agreed to talk to Howard Pinder, PFB's Assistant Director, about his experiences. We believe that our stories are as important as our successes.
Q: What is the story that connected you with Pathways?