“Because of the Wish Project, I never knew our family was homeless.”
The above quote is credited to a twelve year old girl who told us that because she had a bed, clothes for school, a birthday cake, a backpack in September …everything she needed, she never knew her family had lost their house to foreclosure a few years ago and the family was currently living in an apartment as part of a homeless program.
For our homeless clients, obtaining housing is wonderful, but the next financial hurdle is how the apartment is to be furnished. The Wish Project furnishes more than 700 of these apartments each year. With our help through that first crucial year, many clients are able to work their way out of homelessness permanently. In addition to helping those in need, we are saving the environment by recycling goods, like couches and chairs, back into their original use.
We cannot end poverty but we can greatly reduce the sting of it on our local kids by making sure they have what they need. Most of the coats, furniture and baby gear that we provide are being reused because someone like you was done with it. Every day, dozens of local people in need place wishes for items as basic as a bed with our organization and most of these wishes are granted. We believe in helping people and the planet at the same time.
We have a simple system. Wishes are placed online by the 750 case workers in our network all over the Merrimack Valley in MA. An email confirmation packet is sent and the clients or caseworkers have 60 days to pick up the items. Caseworkers do enough paperwork. They know their clients needs best and this simple online referral system means more time is spent providing care while knowing that the babies have diapers and the kids have beds.
Rest assured the people we help are in genuine need, their referral is by local homeless shelters, elder services, veteran programs, early intervention programs and other agencies. Thanks to donors like you, each year we provide more than 30,000 people of all ages with: bedroom, living room and kitchen furniture, rugs, dishes and all kitchen goods, appliances of all sizes, towels, beds and bedding, and more.
Come see for yourself. Volunteer or drop off your gently used goods. Take a virtual tour of the TWP Warehouse . The mission of The Wish Project is to provide people in need in the Merrimack Valley with basic furniture and home and baby goods, primarily through reusing 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.
Our Own Wish: To own our own building. Currently, we rent warehouse space. Owning our own warehouse 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. If you can help, please contact us at (978) 441-9474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.