Valley de-cluttering company Remoov donating unwanted furniture to help the homeless
Starting over can be a challenge for families emerging from homelessness. While finally having a permanent roof over their heads is a great achievement, the challenge for many is to furnish their homes and find household items like pots, pans, and other everyday items.
“When our families, single women and teenagers move into a new home, they move in with nothing. They have no beds, no pots or pans, nothing to make their home,” said Mila Valle, director of the shelter at UMOM.
A unique partnership with a clutter and garbage disposal company helps solve this dilemma. The company will pick up and sell, donate or recycle your unwanted items. Remoov is now donating used furniture that is in good and usable condition to families who are getting out of homelessness with the help of UMOM.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” said Marcus Turton, operations director at Remoov in Phoenix. He added that this also helped the San Francisco-based company meet sustainability goals by keeping the items out of landfills in cities and counties.
So far, the company has donated furniture and household items to five families in the area. Ebony Livas’ family was one of them.
Livas was surfing on the couch and eventually became homeless when she ended up at the UMOM family home with her two young children. After spending a few months at the shelter, Livas used her vocational training program to get back on her feet and picked up vouchers to finally get an apartment to call herself. When she moved out of the UMOM shelter, Livas said they only had the clothes on their backs.
“It’s like every little thing helps from a couch to a television you know to like a trash can,” Livas said.
Remoov was able to get the mother a comfortable couch for her apartment as well as garden furniture.
“It meant a lot to me that someone donated this couch and it came to me because I didn’t have a couch right now,” said Livas.
Company officials encourage those getting rid of household furniture and other items to consider donating them to a homeless shelter.
UMOM has an online wish list with items that are in demand. Under Donate Wish List Items | you can see what you need most at UMOM New Day Centers