The Furniture Bank

I get a lot of questions about the Furniture Bank, so I thought that I would discuss it here for everyone to use as a reference.

Through our Furniture Bank we are helping a wide range of people in need including homeless people who are transitioning to permanent housing, people starting over following the loss of household items due to a variety of reasons, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors.

In order to access the Furniture Bank clients need a referral from one of our partners. The referral will get them up to two gently used mattresses and box springs, two dressers, a kitchen table and chairs and a sofa or love seat. Clients have to pay a $10 per item administrative fee, plus tax.

In addition to having access to the Furniture Bank, clients can get 20% off in the Thrift Store. They can use this discount to get plates, clothing, other furniture not offered in the Furniture Bank, anything they need. This discount is not available on new mattresses, new box springs, bed frames, mattress covers and jewelry, which are already being sold below market prices. The discount is also not good on delivery, which we do offer.

Referrals are good for 90 days after the day the forms are dated and signed and a valid photo ID is required. Clients can come back as often as they like to make sure they get everything they need. The Furniture Bank runs on a first come, first served basis, so clients are not guaranteed to find everything they need on the first visit. Because of this we do not recommend that they rent trucks on the first visit. We will hold items for 48 hours while they arrange for pick-up/ delivery.

The Helping Hands Furniture Bank is located at 85A State Street in North Haven. No appointment is necessary, but clients do have to check in at the Thrift Store located at 77 State Street. Hours are as follows:

Tuesday – Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday from 9:30am to 4:00pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

If you have any questions please email me at bridget@helpinghandsctfb.com or call 203-387-2266.

Welcome to Helping Hands

Welcome to the Helping Hands Community Thrift Store Blog. Here we will explore the Thrift Store and its employees, look at some of the great things you can do with thrift store finds and meet some of the amazing partners that we raise money for. In short, this blog is everything Helping Hands. I think we’ll start with who we are!

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank is a double-goal venture created in 2010 by partners Steve Greenberg, Allen Klein, and Karen Greenberg.  The Helping Hands Thrift Stores are fundraisers for our non-profit members and the Helping Hands Furniture Bank is a resource for the clients of social service members who are in need.

Our Thrift Stores are filled with items donated by the supporters of our non-profit members.  Donations can be dropped off, or we offer a pick-up service for larger items like furniture and appliances.  Upon receipt, the donations are barcoded to the designated non-profit which then sends a thank you letter to the donor.  When the donated items are sold, 18% of the sale price goes to the non-profit.  We’ve issued checks to members in excess of $800 per month, which has helped fund their programs.

Our Furniture Bank is available on a referral basis and offers gently used beds, dressers, tables & chairs, and sofas for a $10 administrative fee per item.  We are helping a wide range of people in need including homeless people who are transitioning to permanent housing, people starting over following the loss of household items due to a variety of reasons, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank is privately funded.  We act as “brokers” for our non-profit members.  We hire from the community and have created job training positions for individuals with disabilities.  We are truly trying to make a positive difference in the community.

To arrange for a furniture donation pick-up, please call 203-782-4800.  If you have questions about Helping Hands, please contact Steve Greenberg at 203-387-2266.