Got a piece of furniture that’s still in good shape? Like that couch you’ve wanted to replace or the dresser that won’t fit in your new house? Instead of pushing it to the curb or going to the hassle of a garage sale, consider instead renesting it.
The Renesting Project serves homeless clients of social service agencies by providing furniture and household goods as they transition into permanent housing. Initially, the Renesting Project consisted of three programs:
- The Renesting Project – served families and individuals who were homeless.
- The Olive Branch – a faith-based program created in an effort to serve families and individuals that were transitioning from homelessness but had a source of income, either through employment or supplemental income.
- Our Sweet Dreams Program – offered NEW mattresses, box springs and bed frames to a limited number of applicants through the Renesting Project and Olive Branch Programs. Available funds determine the number of mattresses we were able to provide.
In 2017 the Renesting Project, Inc. Board of Directors voted to revise the mission statement to “provide gently used furniture and household items to those in need.” All three programs have now been rolled into one, the Renesting Project Program with expanded services to include not only those transitioning from homelessness but those at risk of becoming homeless.
Overseen by a board of directors with extensive background in community involvement, business ownership, and philanthropic hearts, Renesting Project, Inc. continues to serve as this area’s community furniture bank, providing furniture and household goods FREE OF CHARGE.
If you don’t have any left-over household items to donate, you can donate your time and talent in various ways.
Receive, sort and pack household goods at “The Nest” Pick-ups. Join a group of able-bodied furniture movers that pick up donated furniture several times a month.
Host a Drop-off Drive. This is an opportunity for your business, place of worship or school to be involved in a “BIGGER” way. Set a date to have your people bring gently used furniture and household goods to your location, load your truck and bring items to “The Nest”
Clean and repair donated items at “The Nest”- Work on “not so gently used” furniture, put a leg on, add a handle, clean, polish or recover a chair seat.
Breathe new life into an old piece by “adopting” a piece of furniture, with a little paint and imagination, turning into an art piece to be loved again.
Pulling for requests at “The Nest” – From the family’s needs list, you make selections from our inventory to be delivered to the families.
Lead a Renesting team -These teams set up and decorate the family’s new home.
Deliveries – deliver furniture and boxes of household goods to families
Data entry, Public Relations – write and distribute Press Releases, promote public education as it relates to Renesting. File, return calls, schedule pickups and deliveries, etc.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Online PopUp Auction
The Renesting Project Program gathers gently used furniture and household items from the community weekly. From time to time, they will get an item that is unique, quirky or not quite right for those we serve. Some of these items will be offered in an Online PopUp Auction. Mobile bidding is fast, easy, fun and can be done right from your cell phone! Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of the month and join the fun.
Sharing of the Season
Often the Renesting Project Program will come by beautiful, donated Christmas items. These are reserved for their Sharing of the Season celebration.
Participating families are invited to a celebration during the holiday season where they will be given a NEW Christmas tree and the opportunity to select gently loved Christmas items which have been gathered throughout the year.
Each year a NEW, special, dated, collectable ornament is available for supporters to order online. Take advantage of the “Get one, Give one” when you buy one, eligible families will also receive the same collectable tree ornament. The goal is to enhance the quality of life of Renesting clients and the community by sharing the season and the elements that many of us have been blessed to know and love. Could there be better way to share the season?
ITEMS THAT ARE WELCOME FOR DONATION:
Kitchen Table & Chairs • Sofa, Sleeper Sofa Or Futon • Upholstered Easy Chairs • Non-Glass- Topped Coffee Tables And End Tables • Chest Of Drawers And Dressers • Headboards And Frames • Mattresses And Box Springs • Night Stands • Small Desks
Lamps • Pictures/Artwork For Walls • Mirrors For Walls
Dishes And Drinking Glasses • Coffee Mugs • Eating And Serving Utensils • Sharp Knives • Cutting Boards • Can Openers • Graters And Vegetable Peelers • Cooking Utensils • Pots/Pans • Cookie Sheets • Mixing Bowls • Measuring Cups/Spoons • Serving Bowls • Ice Trays • Dish Towels, Oven Mitts, Hot Pads • Salt/Pepper Shakers, Sugar Bowls • Drain Boards • Sandwich Bags, Foil, Plastic Wrap
Laundry Basket • Ironing Boards/Irons • Laundry Detergent • Clothes Hangers Small Appliances • Tvs • Vcr/Dvd Players • Radios • Microwaves • Crock Pots • Toasters • Coffee Pots/Coffee Makers • Alarm Clocks • Vacuum Cleaners • Fans Bed And Bath
Sheets • Comforters/Blankets • Mattress Pads • Towels, Washrags, Bathmats • Shower Curtains And Rings
Paper Towels/Holders • Dish Soap • Kitchen & Bath Cleaners • Trash Cans/Liners • Toilet Bowl Brush Sets • Mops, Brooms, Dust Pans
Hammers • Kits W/Assorted Nails, Screws, • Picture Hangers, Cup Hooks, Etc. • Screw Drivers • Pliers • Tape Measures • Light Bulbs • Flashlights And Batteries
Welcome Mats • Throw Rugs • Sewing Kits • Extension Cords/Surge Protectors
The Renesting Project is a volunteer powered community furniture bank, born and based out of Bossier City, LA, currently offering services to the clients of 40+ partner organizations in Caddo & Bossier Parishes. Together they serve a very diverse cross section of our community: school children, mentally or physically disabled persons, domestic violence survivors, homeless Veterans, among others. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of those they serve as they transition into permanent housing by providing basic furniture and household items needed to function with dignity.
Renesting Project, Inc is a non-profit and accepts monetary and tangible donations of furniture and household items. With community support, Renesting Project, Inc. continues to serve as this area’s community furniture bank, providing furniture and household goods FREE OF CHARGE to hundreds of men, women and children in need each year, in the Shreveport and Bossier City, LA area.