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When You Shop our Tag Sale, You Help Women Like Monique

Here’s one good reason to shop our Tag Sale this weekend: Monique.

Monique is a shining example of a partnership between two nonprofits that are helping people get a new start in life. New skills, new job, new furniture, new work wardrobe, and a new confidence. Monique was referred to The Green Chair Project from Dress for Success Triangle, one of our 50 nonprofit partners. We’re teaming up with Dress for Success this weekend to hold sales at the same time on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, so we can help women like Monique.

Monique recently graduated from Wake Tech and now has a career in workforce development, thanks to the support she received from Dress for Success Triangle. 

“I’m not just surviving; I’m starting to live,” she said.

“We see how hard our clients work and how deserving they are,” says Dress for Success Raleigh Operations Manager Sarah Cowles-Zambon. “It’s a partnership I value.” She continued: 

” The Green Chair provides an avenue for stuff to have a second life.”

Monique’s children were in for a big surprise when they arrived home from school recently: their home was filled with furniture, all from The Green Chair Project. And, all three of her children had a bed of their own! “I didn’t know there would be so many options,” said Monique.

We are so grateful to partner with nonprofits like Dress for Success, and help women like Monique. “It’s a new chapter of being a graduate and an employed citizen,” she says. “It’s the beginning of the end.”

The Green Chair Project loves to give women like Monique a hand up. Shop our Tag Sale or donate here to help us serve strong women like Monique.

 

 

 

Green Chair Project Volunteer Works with Families Empowered by Choice

Volunteer Kristyn Turaj works with families and works the front lines, from answering phones to greeting visitors.

As a psychologist who specializes in working with children and families, Kristyn Turaj knew she wanted to work directly with families when she started volunteering with The Green Chair Project last year.

Kristyn volunteers weekly, providing support to our program staff and helping to manage a very busy front desk and reception area. From answering the phone, to taking donations, to explaining our program to visitors, Kristyn fills a valuable role in being willing to fill in where we need volunteer help the most–on the front lines.

Kristyn says her favorite aspect of volunteering is that it’s so rewarding. “Sometimes clients are crying happy tears, they are so overwhelmed. Often they share with me that they didn’t know they were getting so much.”

“Often clients share with me they didn’t know they were getting so much.”

“It’s amazing to see how appreciative the families are,” says Kristyn. “They feel very empowered; they get to make choices.” She remembers one woman saying, “I haven’t had a table in so long.”

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at The Green Chair Project, visit our website for the next orientation, held the 2nd Wednesday of most months.The next orientation is March 14 at 2 pm.

Donate Furnishings You’d be Proud to Give to a Neighbor

In 2017, generous donations of quality furnishings helped 626 families start over.

Hundreds of couches and dressers and dining tables and chairs were delivered to The Green Chair Project through our Free Essential Pickup Service.

We don’t subscribe to the notion that “something is better than nothing,” so our movers don’t pickup items with tears, smoke or pet odors, stains or structural damage. 

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At Green Chair, we want to provide attractive furnishings presented in a way that demonstrates our respect for those we serve.

Our litmus test is pretty simple:  donated furnishings are items you’d be proud to give to a neighbor – because the veteran, the victim of domestic violence and the homeless family that found affordable housing are just neighbors you haven’t met.

Thank you for making new beginnings possible with your gifts to Green Chair. Click here for information on what and how to donate.

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.”