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 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. The clients we help are referred to us by other social service agencies who are working directly with them. We give out goods in three main ways: wishes, projects, and emergency aid.
Wishes: Social workers place wishes for needed goods for their own clients using our online Wish Placement system. This way, we know all clients are qualified as needy and we get a list of what they really need. Once a wish is approved, the client brings the paperwork to the warehouse to pick up the items. Clients may not place wishes for themselves. They must be working with one of our partner agencies to receive goods. For a list of referring agencies click here: Partner Agencies in the Merrimack Valley of MA.
Projects: Project goods are bulk items given directly to our partner agencies to distribute to their clients. These include seasonal items such as: blankets, backpacks and Christmas gifts. Our contact person from each agency requests the items from us, and is responsible for picking them up and distributing to the other case workers for their clients. We do not give project goods directly to clients.
Emergency Aid: Victims of emergencies such as fire and natural disasters who are left homeless may bring their fire department or Red Cross paperwork to the warehouse during our open hours to receive emergency help such as clothing.
Every day dozens of families are referred to us by dozens of local homeless shelters, elder services, early intervention programs and other agencies for basic needs such as clothing, dishes, towels, kitchen tables. The biggest need is always for beds. On any given night, more than 100 local children 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.
Obtaining housing to move out of a homeless shelter is wonderful, but the next financial hurdle these clients face is how to furnish their apartment. The Wish Project furnishes more than 700 of these apartments each year. We provide: bedroom, living room and kitchen furniture, rugs, dishes and all kitchen goods, appliances of all sizes, towels, TVs, beds and bedding. 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.
The Wish Project is part of a network of furniture banks across the country. We only provide goods to the Merrimack Valley area 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.
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.