American Eagle Financial Credit Union donated over 40 pieces of used furniture and office furnishings to the Hartford-based nonprofit, Journey Home. A variety of chairs, tables, cabinets, clocks, lamps, wall hangings, and other items were made available after the Credit Union relocated its iconic 68-year-old East Hartford branch from 417 Main Street to the new Goodwin University building at 361 Main Street.
"Perfectly good furniture was going to the dump, when just down the street there is a family in need. Thanks to our volunteers and donors like American Eagle Financial Credit Union, our clients have what they need to finally feel at home and we received some supplies necessary so that we can do our jobs better with the main goal of ending homelessness," said Alison Sjoberg, Volunteers and Communications Coordinator at Journey Home.
Through its furniture program, A Hand Up, Journey Home helped approximately 300 households in 2020 by providing furniture as individuals and families transitioned out of homelessness. By accepting gently used items to provide to people in housing transition, Journey Home is reducing waste and is able to help families that otherwise would be sleeping on the floor or having to decide whether they spend what little money they have on furniture, food, rent, health care, or other necessities.
Journey Home was founded in 2007 as the agency responsible for implementing Hartford’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Journey Home has become a strategic leader and valued partner for many homeless and employment service providers and remains committed to ending chronic homelessness in the Capital Region.