Furniture Friends was founded in 2012 with the belief that every person deserves a home that is safe and comfortable. Our experience has shown us that this safety and comfort is not equally accessible to all people in our community – and that black, indigenous, and people of color experience poverty at much higher rates than their white neighbors. Furniture Friends is committed to antiracism in our work to ensure that we are building safer, more secure communities for all our neighbors. As a majority-white organization that serves a larger constituency of people of color, we know that we must support peaceful efforts meant to bring change to a system that oppresses and discriminates against black people and other minorities.
We can do better. We must do better. Black Lives Matter.
Read this week’s article in the Portland Press Herald describing Board member, Frank Higiro’s experience moving to Maine from Rwanda:
We’re hosting a Virtual Slumber Party — and we want you to join us! Grab your pillow, sleeping bag, your favorite stuffed animal and anything else you might need to get ready for Furniture Friends’ Virtual Slumber Party on Sat., October 3rd. We’re trying to raise $15,000 that night so that we can continue to provide people with essential household furniture who aren’t able to afford it on their own. We’re asking you — along with your family, friends, neighbors, fellow students and colleagues — to sleep on the floor for just one night so others don’t have to.
Simply click on the link below to join this event and create your own fundraising page:
If you are interested in a behind the scenes view of all we do to help people in need acquire essential household furniture throughout Greater Portland, please take a few minutes to watch our video. We hope you’ll take the time to learn more about the great things happening at Furniture Friends and how you can be involved in supporting work that makes a real and meaningful difference in our community. As always, feel free to share the video with your friends and family!
WCSH 6 ran this wonderful story on Furniture Friends.
WCSH6’s Tory Ryden spent the day delving into Furniture Friends’s work.