How We Got Started Furnishing Homes for Neighbors in Need.
How New Life Furniture Bank Started
New Life Furniture Bank was founded in 2006 by Holly Young, Tim Nabors and volunteers from Milford First United Methodist Church in partnership with InterFaith Hospitality Network (IHN) who provides emergency shelter to homeless families.
Holly and Tim volunteered together helping families overcoming homelessness who were staying at their church. During this time, Holly met Teresa who had fled domestic abuse with her three children and just the clothes on their backs. Shortly after Teresa moved into a new house, she shared with Holly that she had pulled 3 twin mattresses out of the dumpster for her children to sleep on. Holly told Teresa that she would help her find clean mattresses for the children and quickly organized a furniture and housewares drive. The church responded with an abundance of furniture and everything she needed to start over…. her house was made into a home! This act of kindness restored Teresa’s dignity, relieved the stress of buying furniture, and allowed Teresa to focus on providing for her children. InterFaith Hospitality recognized the need for a furniture bank and began referring more clients to Holly and Tim.
“God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.”
From 6 to 600
For the first few years, New Life Furniture Bank was a small ministry of Milford First United Methodist Church then in 2009 became a 501(C)3 Furniture Bank. New Life Furniture Bank started by serving 6 households to serving 600 households per year in just a few years.
These days, New Life Furniture Bank serves over 1,300 households per year and partners with over 50 social service agencies. We serve those in need throughout the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton areas.
Join The Cause & Make a Difference
There are plenty of ways to volunteer at New Life Furniture Bank. You can volunteer in our warehouse by sorting and boxing up housewares items like dishes, cups, cookware, and linens, so they are ready to get loaded onto our trucks and delivered to people in our community. You can also assemble furniture in our woodshop. Sign up for you or your group today!