Archives: November 2017

Adina’s Story of Recovery, Strength and Renewal

The Green Chair Project is more than a store with a showroom where families recovering from homelessness, crisis or disaster can shop for essential furnishings. We’re a story–a collection of stories of hope, strength and new beginnings.  

The men, women and families who walk through our doors are starting over. Many have overcome homelessness, abuse or addiction. Some are finally setting out on their own after transitioning out of foster care or living in group homes. They are putting their lives–and homes–back together.

When you donate to The Green Chair project–financial resources or furniture donations–you are changing lives. Here is Adina’s story of just one of the many lives we are changing thanks to the support of our community and the generosity of our donors.

Journey to Recovery

Adina’s smile says it all: I got this now. Behind this confident smile is a story of resilience. Adina had a tough childhood and turned to drugs but knew this was not the path for her.

With the support of her case manager at North Carolina Recovery, this single mother overcame many obstacles, and is now getting a brand new start in life. But she is not alone: she has the support of her case manager with North Carolina Recovery and a welcoming staff and volunteers at The Green Chair Project.

When Adina came to The Green Chair, she had a bed, but little else. She had never before been able to make her own choices.

As she shopped our furniture showroom, one thing was clear: she loved pink! Adina and daughter had fun selecting bedding and other items they could find that were pink–including a pink broom!

For the nominal fee of $100, Adina was able to select the essentials for her new home, including a love seat, coffee table, nightstand, microwave, rug, lamp, dishes, pots and pans, and linens. The small investment she made bought more than home furnishings; it provided dignity and choice. The welcoming staff and volunteers at The Green Chair made Adina feel empowered, respected and loved.

Adina has big dreams; she hopes one day to have her own organization to teach culinary skills and provide jobs for others.

She is an inspiration to others, showing strength and resilience on her road to recovery.

Your donations–both furnishings and financial–enable The Green Chair to support mothers like Adina. Consider supporting our Annual Fund so we can help more clients like Adina say “I got this.”

Service After the Military: Vet Helps Vet at The Green Chair Project

When John Dunlap heard a Navy veteran was coming to The Green Chair Project, he didn’t hesitate to ask to help out. As logistics coordinator, John usually works behind the scenes, keeping our warehouse and showroom well-stocked and in order. But this time he wanted to work directly with the client and serve a fellow veteran transitioning to a new home.

John Dunlap, Green Chair Project logistics coordinator and Navy vet

William, client and Navy vet, trying out his new couch

When John met William, a veteran who was about to select furnishings for his new apartment, they formed an immediate connection, having both served in the U.S. Navy.  “It’s like I’m back on the battlefield, like I’m helping a brother,” said John.

“No matter when you serve, the fact that you served connects you.”

John could relate to the transition William was going through. When John first walked through our doors in 2013, he was getting help after three and a half years in the Navy, and nine years in the Army National Guard. When his military service ended, Passage Home helped him make the transition to civilian life. Through Passage Home, he was connected to The Green Chair Project. He started working here in April 2017.

When William recently browsed our showroom floor, John assisted as he selected a couch, chair, kitchen table and other essentials for his new apartment. He had one goal in mind: he wanted everything to be in order for his son’s homecoming. John said he could sense the pride William had, making his own choices, and knowing he could provide a homey and comfortable environment for his son.

Two vets connected through The Green Chair Project–both transitioning from the military at different times, but forming a bond as one vet helped another get a new start in life.

John has kept in touch with William since he set up his new apartment, and even stopped by to see how all the new furnishings looked. John said William was happy with everything he selected, and ready for his son to return home.

“We talked like shipmates,” said John. “I always want to help out a fellow vet.”