Move-Out Program

Imagine this happy day: after six weeks at the shelter with her baby boy, a mother has worked hard with the Director of Family Programs and just picked up the key to an affordable apartment, which will become her family’s new, and hopefully permanent, home! She’ll be back on her feet.

But the apartment is completely empty. No crib for the little one. No bed for mom. No couch to sit on. No dishes, no silverware to eat with. Nothing.

That’s where the Move-Out Program comes in.

Our volunteer Move-Out Coordinators work with shelter staff, donors like you, and case managers at all of our partner agencies to make sure that no individual or family exiting homelessness in Lawrence needs to move into a new apartment without the basics: bed, dresser, couch, table, chairs, kitchenware. (And more, when possible.)

If you would like to donate furniture and/or other household items, please consult the list under the CURRENT NEEDS tab on this page and then complete the form under the DONATIONS tab!

During the COVID-19 crisis, we will proceed cautiously and safely.

  • This program is coordinated by three volunteers, Laura, Will, and Dan. Depending on the item(s) that we are picking up or dropping off, either one or two of us will arrive at the scheduled time.
  • If two of us are required, we will arrive in separate vehicles.
  • We will wear masks and ask that you do too.
  • We will maintain social distance from each other and from you or anyone else in the household, and we ask that you be careful to maintain social distance as well.

Until further notice, all pick-ups will take place on either Monday, Thursday, or Saturday.

If you are a case manager at a partner agency, please complete the form under the PARTNER AGENCIES tab.

If you’d like to join our mailing list and receive occasional emails from us, please use the form under the MAILING LIST tab to sign up! And feel free to contact us here.

It is difficult for those of us who have never been without a home to grasp just how hard it is to exit homelessness. By furnishing apartments, we remove one barrier. That’s what we do.

When an individual or family is getting ready to move into an apartment, we coordinate a time to meet at the shelter’s warehouse, pick out the furniture together (during the COVID crisis, we are consulting with the guest(s) in advance and picking out the items ourselves), load our two pickup trucks, and complete the move. Within hours, an empty apartment looks and feels like a home.

We rely entirely on your generosity. Because our warehouse space is limited, we are only able to accept the specific items listed under the CURRENT NEEDS tab on this page. If you have signed up for our mailing list, you will receive occasional emails updating you about our needs! Or please feel free to monitor this page, which is updated regularly.

If you’d like to learn more, or if you think you might be interested in serving as a volunteer Move-Out Coordinator, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dan!

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We are only able to accept the specific items listed below.

Since we started accepting donations again on June 1, your generosity has been overwhelming! Our warehouse is already pretty well stocked again. For that reason, we can only accept the items listed below, but please check back because our needs change — and this page gets updated — regularly.

If you have any of the following to donate, please complete the form under the DONATIONS tab above, and Dan will be in touch right away to arrange the pick-up.

We are unable to accept any king-sized mattresses, futons, or heavy foam mattresses.

Please note: unusually heavy items (such as sofa beds) pose logistical challenges for us in the warehouse, where stocks frequently need to get rearranged, and for guests, who may often be moving again in the near future.

This page will be updated as our needs change!

Current, specific needs:

  • Mattresses (twin, full, or queen; please note, we cannot take futons or heavy foam mattresses)
  • Box springs (twin, full, or queen)
  • Adjustable metal bed frames (please note, we cannot take full bed frames)
  • Couches
  • Dressers
  • Coffee tables, end tables, bedside tables
  • Lamps
  • Cookware (especially pots and pans)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Countertop microwaves
  • Coffee makers
  • TVs (flat-screen / digital-compatible only; not too heavy)

We do not accept financial donations — we encourage you to consider donating to the shelter! — but we do accept Target gift cards, which are always enormously helpful.

We are only able to accept the specific items listed under the CURRENT NEEDS tab above.

After consulting our list of CURRENT NEEDS, please complete this form, and Dan will be in touch to arrange the pick-up right away!

If you are a case manager in Lawrence and would like the Move-Out Program to furnish a client’s new apartment, please complete as much of this form as you can. (We respect privacy concerns: all fields requesting client information are optional.)

As soon as we receive your form, we will be in touch by email to discuss safety and health procedures and to arrange a time for Dan, Laura, and/or Will to bring the items to the new apartment.