From your attic to a needy home, one wish at a time
The mission of The Wish Project is to provide people in need in the Merrimack Valley with basic furniture, home and baby goods primarily through reuse and recycling. By providing basic goods to people in crisis, we help end needless suffering in the short term while helping to end homelessness in the long term.
We have two areas of activity, wishes and projects. Wishes are placed for basic needed goods by social worker using our online Wish Placement system. That way all clients are qualified as needy and we are getting a good list of what is needed versus what is wanted.
Projects include the many seasonal collection projects for new and specific goods that most people need each year. these include items such as: blankets, backpacks and Christmas gifts. In general these are given out in lots to agencies that partner with us. Volunteers are the backbone of our workforce and are very welcome all year long.
On any given night more than 100 kids locally are sleeping on the floor because they do not have a bed. Beds 4 Kids is our flagship project to work towards ending that shortage. Backpacks, warm clothes for school and pots to cook healthy meals in- are essential. By helping the recently homeless thrive in that first year, most are out on their own for good. The clients we help are referred by local agencies so you can rest assured that they are working with the system to gain independence. For a list of referring agencies click here partner agencies in the Merimack Valley of MA.
Every day dozens of families are referred to us by dozens of local homeless shelters, elder services, early intervention programs and other agencies.The biggest need is always for beds. Obtaining housing to move out of a homeless shelter is wonderful. The next financial hurdle is to furnish it.
The Wish Project furnishes more than 700 of these apartments each year. We provide: furniture for bedroom, living room and kitchen furniture, rugs, dishes and all kitchen goods, appliances of all sizes, towels, TVs, beds and bedding.Saving the environment by recycling goods back into their original use
In the past year we helped more than 35,000 individuals to get furniture, baby gear, backpacks, clothing, appliances, computers, diapers and more. In this economy the need is increasing compared to previous years. We now assist more than 1,000 clients/month. A free couch means being able to afford food and medicine this month. Kitchen tables and dishes are necessary to prepare and eat healthy meals as a family.
Our dream: To own our own building. This would give us long term sustainability. We are looking for a donated building or land that is zoned industrial and in or close to Lowell.
The Wish Project is part of a network of furniture banks across the county. We only provide goods to the Merrimack Valley in MA. If you need help or have furniture to donated anywhere else in the country, go to www.furniturebanks.org for a directory of furniture banks by state.