Making a House a Home/A Hand Up
What is Making a House a Home/A Hand Up?
Our Making a House a Home program works to support those who are currently transitioning from homelessness to housing by connecting them to donations of household goods and furniture. In November of 2018, we officially merged operations with West Hartford-based, A Hand Up. A Hand Up and Journey Home are a perfect partnership and our merger has created greater efficiencies in a short time. We provide opportunities for the community to get involved through weekly move-ins, weekly deliveries, and adoptions to get hands on experience helping someone settle into their new home. We are filling a huge gap with this particular population because clients are often moving into housing after experiencing homelessness with nothing but what they can carry on their back. Yet, many people have excess furniture and household items in their homes without a place to put them other than the landfills. We have created a system where that furniture can now go directly to clients in need. We are also helping to increase the quality of life for many by providing them with furniture and household goods to help them become comfortable in their new home and allowing them to save the little money they do have.
How Do I Get Involved?
Making a House a Home/A Hand Up is always looking for volunteers. There are all sorts of ways to engage in our work and volunteer with us. We have created some helpful information in each of the handy links below. Choose the link that best describes you and find out how to get involved. You can always email Alison Scharr with any questions or if you need more information.
What Do You Need?
Clients are in need of everything from pots and pans to beds and dressers. Many of these clients need all sorts of items, as they only own what they can carry. Click the link below for a list of items that are always needed.
If you are ready to schedule a donation, please send Alison an email at [email protected] with a list of items that you would like to donate and pictures of the items. It usually takes us about 48 hours to respond to your donation inquiry. Donations can usually be picked up within two weeks. We do ask for a $30 suggested donation when picking up items to offset the program cost.
If you would like to drop off your items, our warehouse is located in West Hartford at 635 New Park Ave. Our warehouse is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2.
We are very grateful for your interest in helping to make the world a better place!
Do You Also Accept Monetary Donations?
The answer is a resounding YES! You can donate to our Making a House a Home program by clicking the PayPal link below. We are a completely unfunded program so every dollar helps! Keep in mind, you don’t need a PayPal account in order to donate to us using PayPal.
Interested in Purchasing Items for Donation?
Go to our Amazon Wish List to find items to donate to clients in need. All items will be sent to our office for distribution to clients moving out of homelessness!
Case Manager Form
Case managers looking for the client request form will find it here:
Journey Home Mission
Our mission is to ensure a home for all.
We believe the most powerful way to do this is collectively - by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness in the Capital region of Connecticut. We will build partnerships, advance innovative solutions and achieve enduring, systemic change.
Journey Home works in the Capital region of Connecticut.
255 Main St., 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106