Our team had the pleasure of chatting with members Home Sweet Home to learn more about the organization’s incredible story. Continue reading to discover just how it’s helping the community.
What is Home Sweet Home?
Home Sweet Home is a 501(c)(3) organization connecting nonprofit partners in the St. Louis region with donated furniture and household items. It helps clients from partner organizations transition to their new living situations with much-needed furnishings and basics, providing a sense of ownership and a source of stability at this crucial time.
Home Sweet Home’s Story:
The idea for Home Sweet Home was born out of a community need. After working at several different nonprofits in the area, founder and executive director Betsy Reznicek realized there was no single agency available to help struggling families with home furnishings as they transitioned into a new home. Organizations would struggle to find a couch for one client, a bed for another, a place to store these items, and a way to transport them once it was located. Betsy knew someone needed to open a furniture bank that could help service clients in the St. Louis area, so she set out to make that happen.
Home Sweet Home gives under-served families a sense of pride and to improve the quality of their lives by providing basic household furnishings. Home Sweet Home uplifts its community and inspires hope by providing every person a bed to sleep in; turning houses into homes. Through the outpouring of support from this community and the amazing partnerships formed with other nonprofit organizations in the area, Home Sweet Home now serves over 600 families a year.
Why Home Sweet Home?
In order to effectively address homelessness in America and impact a long-term solution to this problem, people transitioning out of homelessness need help with stability. At Home Sweet Home, we believe part of that stability comes from establishing a first home stocked with the necessities for everyday life. Part of maintaining a home is usability and affordability. We can help make taking the first step to stable home life comfortable and accessible.
Home Sweet Home uses a wide variety of volunteers and their skills to serve our mission. Whether you can commit to once a week or once a month. If you’re interested in being a part of the time, visit its website here.