The idea for a furniture storehouse in Chattanooga to assist people in transition surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. By 2010, that idea became a reality. The first-year goal was to help 100 families. The actual number helped was more than 300.
Today, the Chattanooga Furniture Bank continues to help more than 30 families every month to make a house or apartment a home by providing gently-used furniture at no cost to qualified individuals and families. Since 2012, Goodwill and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga have worked together to create a furniture repository to assist people in need.
I don’t know what I would have done for furniture if it wasn’t for the Furniture Bank. Thank you so much!Zenaida S.
We are always accepting furniture items such as dining tables, chairs, dressers, couches, end tables, dishware and other basic necessities. We do accept solid-wood items such as dining tables, dressers, and shelves that need minor repairs.
In 2014, 420 individuals and families were assisted to establish a new home, including 45 U.S. military Veterans. We provided a household of furniture for residents of Hamilton, Bledsoe, Bradley, Marion, McMinn, Rhea, Sequatchie and Walker counties.
The Chattanooga Furniture Bank provides furniture and household items to people transitioning from homelessness, establishing a first-time residence, or relocating due to an emergency situation, abusive surrounding or natural catastrophe.
The goal for 2015 is to provide furniture, bedding, mattresses, housewares and more to 450 families. To do so, we need your help with donations of gently-used furniture and/or cash donation. We will even arrange for a free Pick-Up of larger donations by individuals and businesses.
With your gift of $350, we can provide a home full of furniture and improve the quality of life for someone coming out of homelessness or other unstable circumstance. Make a tax-deductible charitable gift and you may designate it to support our Furniture Bank efforts helping families establish homes in our Greater Chattanooga community.
The Chattanooga Furniture Bank is a program service of Goodwill Industries of Chattanooga whose mission is to empower people with disabilities and disadvantages to achieve their potential, to increase their independence and to improve their quality of life.
For additional information on the Chattanooga Furniture Bank, contact Lee Barton at 423.629.2501 ext.3700.
1815 East Main Street, Chattanooga (across from Armando’s, entrance in back)
Open Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm and Friday, 8 am – noon
Partner and referring agencies and organizations:
- AIM Center
- American Red Cross
- CADAS, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
- Chattanooga Cares
- Chattanooga Goodwill Industries
- Chattanooga Housing Authority
- Department of Children Services of Tennessee
- Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
- Fortwood, Helen Ross McNabb Center
- Homeless Health Care Chattanooga
- HUGS – Help Us Grow Successfully
- Joe Johnson Mental Health Center
- Metropolitan Ministries
- PARTNERSHIP (for families,children, and adults)
- SETHRA (Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency)
- The Salvation Army
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- United Way of Greater Chattanooga
- United Way of Rhea County