HomeAhead Furniture Bank of Boulder County collects donated furniture and household items for distribution to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness.
Together with our partners, we create comfortable living spaces to promote housing stability in Boulder County.
HomeAhead is a a member of the Furniture Bank Network of North America. Since 2019 we have furnished over 425 homes in Boulder County, helping break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
HomeAhead collects and distributes gently used essential furniture and household items to individuals and families transitioning out of homeless in Boulder County. Through a cycle of giving and helping, we provide the most vulnerable individuals in society the means to create a true home and start a new life. We strive to transform empty houses into safe and comfortable homes and put the stigma of being homeless in the past.
Some of the agencies that refer clients to HomeAhead include: Bridge House/Ready to Work, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Boulder Mental Health Partners, Mother House, Precious Child, EFAA, HOPE, TGTHR (formally Attention Homes), and Boulder County Housing and Human Services.
Gently Used, Clean, or New Please
We Reserve the Right To Decline Items
Sofas/love seat, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables & chairs, bar stools, beds, small/medium dressers, night stands, book cases, lamps
Queen/Full/Twin Beds, mattresses, box springs and metal bed frames.
Clean pillows, comforters, sheets, & blankets
Dishes, pots, pans, utensils, glasses, mugs & cooking utensils
No Items with a Cord
Towels, shower curtains & bathroom accessories
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate space to store inventory.
Donate money to sustain the organization.
Encourage employees to volunteer with HomeAhead.
Inform sellers who need to discard furniture or household items that HomeAhead may be able to use their donations. HomeAhead will provide a donation receipt for tax purposes.
This is a WIN-WIN-WIN!
Sellers can donate unwanted items and can feel good about helping others.
Realtors can add value to their sellers by helping sellers move out.
Newly housed individuals will have a new home with free gently used furniture!
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO:
Launder donated sheets and towels.
Sort & pack donations.
Coordinate donation pickups or deliveries.
Move furniture & household items.
TRICIA DESSEL @ COMPASS
Compass Real Estate
BOULDER FLATIRONS ROTARY
Service & Volunteer Network
THE THOMAS RATAY TEAM
REMAX Alliance - Boulder
ROTARY CLUB OF WESTMINSTER
JEFF DONALDSON @ Focus Brands
HomeAhead has had an immeasurable impact on our clients, our program as a whole, and our case management team. Before we started working with you, we relied mostly on free, piecemeal donations from wherever we could find them. This meant that every time we’d move someone in (easily more than 60 people since 2019) that we’d spend countless hours reaching out to people, driving all over town to get a couch from one person, a table from another, kitchenware from another, etc etc. Then we’d have to store them until the move-in day, and move all the items a second time when the move-in day comes. After all of this, we might end up with a piece that doesn’t fit the apartment or meet that clients specific needs and we’d need to find yet another replacement. Also, being a team of busy bees, we aren’t always able to track down everything we’d like to provide in time for a move-in. This would sometimes lead to moving people in with incomplete furnishings, which we try to avoid at all costs because we believe that moving clients in with ALL of the furnishings, toiletries, and kitchenware, is essential to their success in housing. We acknowledge how difficult it can be for many of our clients to transition from living on the streets to living in an apartment- and one of the best ways to mitigate these difficulties (along with hands-on case management of course) is to make sure our clients have all of the things they need to feel comfortable in their new apartments! HomeAhead has made it so that we can plan with your team ahead of time, head straight to your storage units on the day of the move-in, and pick out whatever we need! When it makes sense, we even get to bring our clients along so they can choose for themselves! It is truly amazing the impact this has had on our program. You’ve saved us invaluable time, energy and resources AND helped to ensure that our clients have the best shot at being successful in housing!
CASE MANAGER | BOULDER SHELTER
I work with justice-involved individuals transitioning from the jail into stable housing, and HomeAhead provides invaluable support in making their new space comfortable. Having a private space complete with quality furnishings is an essential component of breaking old habits and, I would argue, staying sober: if you have a comfortable space, there is less of a need to rely on negative influences or to hang out with the wrong people. No other organization in the community provides these services.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING COORDINATOR
The help and support from HomeAhead to provide furnishings to those transitioning out of homelessness makes a significant difference for my team and our clients. As a case manager, I am often buried in paperwork to get clients approved for housing vouchers, approved for an apartment, and get connected and set up with community resources. Once they’re housed, I work hard to help clients maintain their housing and thrive in the opportunities that housing provides, which includes an endless array of support services tailored to each person. With so much to do all the time, it is a huge, invaluable relief knowing that I have the support of HomeAhead to find and supply great quality furniture and other household items for my clients! It’s just a huge relief having the HomeAhead team as a partner in our mission to help folks get off the streets and into housing. For the client, who could accurately articulate the good feelings that come from being presented a furnished home, after living on the streets for years? This gift of service that HomeAhead provides improves the quality of lives of individuals and the quality of the community. HomeAhead already goes above and beyond to serve us and our clients. Thank you for everything!!
PERMANENT SUPPORTING HOUSING COORDINATOR