Help the Homeless While Recycling!

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on West Lovell Street in Kalamazoo has a very interesting social justice program called “Partners in Housing Transition.” It provides basic home furnishings for formerly homeless families after they have secured access to housing. They work with 11 partner agencies who provide referrals of families with children to the program. These partner agencies also provide case workers who assist the families during their transition. In addition, the program uses Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP) enrollees to deliver the furniture, thus providing employment and a chance for these individuals to do a good deed.

Church members and friends donate the furniture, which includes other household goods such as pots and pans, blankets and linens, and kitchen utensils. Grants and cash donations are used to supplement donated household goods.

In 2017, the program provided furniture assistance to 174 families with 464 children! They are usually in need of beds, dressers, dining tables and chairs, pots and pans, sheets, and towels. This wonderful program has been helping formerly homeless families achieve self-sufficiency since 1991. Learn more at their website http://stlukeskalamazoo.org/partners-in-transition/

If you have useful household items to donate, contact Executive Director Lucinda Stinson at 269-385-2466 or partners@stlukeskalamazoo.org

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