Rebranded as a Square One Community, in partnership with Miller Homes and Lezzer Lumber, the Furniture Bank of DuBois has recently re-opened to the general public.
Seeing a need to create the connections to help all go from surviving to thriving, Michael Clement co-founded Square One Community, a collective of people passionately committed to connecting others with the resources needed to get a fresh start, in January.
Also earlier this year, the Furniture Bank, initiated in 2014, was donated by Miller Homes and Lezzer Lumber to Square One Community to manage, and Clement enlisted the help of volunteers, Manager Bridget Delp and her husband, Dennis, along with her sister, Kathleen Fuller, to open it again.
“When we came here, I didn’t know that was a garage door because the mattress and couches were piled so high,” said Bridget Delp, as she pointed in the direction of a garage door on the building located at 5279 Shaffer Road.
“So my husband and I moved and tried to straighten out everything,” said Delp. “And that’s what we were doing before the opening.”
Some of the items at the Furniture Bank include “gently used” dining room tables, desks, couches, chairs, recliners, bedroom sets and dressers.
Sofas may range from $10 to $100 and all transactions are cash only.
“We try to keep the prices … just enough to keep the lights…