Archives: April 2018

Green Chair Experience “Was The Light in the Midst of my Darkness”

 

Meet Janciel–he is poised for a bright future with this new desk from The Green Chair Project. Janciel says he was excited to get to choose his own desk and have a place do his homework, and hopes to one day become a businessman.

Janciel and his mother, Nellyan, were referred to The Green Chair Project from Easterseals. Nellyan said, “I cannot begin to express how overwhelmed I felt with this opportunity.”

“It brought a huge smile to my face and happiness to my heart. This experience was the light in the midst of my darkness.”

When families shop The Green Chair Project, an important part of their experience is shopping with dignity. Browsing our beautiful furniture showroom, they are empowered to make their own choices as they select everything from couches to kitchen tables and even dish sets.

Nellyan said, “My son and I love all the furniture that we were able to choose, but my favorite is my dresser.” Janciel also received a new bed and got to select his own comforter; now he’ll get a good night’s rest in his own bed after doing his homework at his new desk!

“Being able to share this experience with Nellyan and her son was a true blessing,” said Nancy, the case manager from Easter Seals who referred Nellyan to The Green Chair.

Nancy said, “Just seeing her excitement as she chose her furniture made me very emotional. As soon as she stepped out into the parking lot, she began crying of excitement.”

“Thank you for all you do to empower our families and to offer them a new beginning.”

How can you help? We need your gently used dressers, desks, couches, tables and chairs. We are always in need of gender-neutral twin sheet sets and comforters, and love when groups hold drives to collect items like bedding, pillows or kitchenware. Learn more about how to donate here. 

The Green Chair Project Partners with CASA to Help the Homeless

How are clients referred to The Green Chair Project? Through our many partner agencies, including CASA, who shared this guest blog.  

The Green Chair Project is a Wake County nonprofit that provides gently-used furnishings for a small fee to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness into secure housing.

Green Chair shoppers select living room and dining room furniture, kitchen items, and bed and bath linens.  The donated items are presented in a showroom setting in a way that promotes dignity and respect.

CASA is a Green Chair Project partner.  We refer our newest tenants to their showroom for a shopping trip to furnish their new homes.  When CASA opened its veteran specific properties in Raleigh and Durham, CASA’s veteran tenants visited the Green Chair where they were able to find the furnishings needed to outfit their new homes.

Kathleen DeRubio, CASA’s volunteer coordinator says,  “Our residents start their visit a little unsure of what to expect, but when they begin to imagine their new place with furniture and art on the walls, they get so excited.  Everyone always leaves happy and feeling optimistic about their new life.”

Learn more about the The Green Chair Project’s mission and needed donations, and reach out to the team at CASA to see how you can help solve homelessness in the Triangle.