Day 219 – Digs with Dignity is an organization that works with local social agencies to help individuals and families exiting homelessness by providing them furnishings and much needed household items.
Here’s how they do what they do:
- They collect gently used home furnishings from the community and store them in their warehouse.
- They work with Chicago-based social workers to identify a family transitioning out of homelessness.
- They work with the family (or individual) and get to know what their likes and dislikes are, so they can better find the furnishings that will make their new space feel like home.
- They design the space from top to bottom with the help of volunteers and their designer.
- They identify which pieces from the warehouse will bring the design to life. Everything that they receive from donors is either used, fixed, or recycled.
- Then, with the help of movers and volunteers, they load up a moving truck and get to work — welcoming the family into their newly furnished home in a matter of hours.
Digs for Dignity helped their first family on October 25, 2019, and in 2020, serviced 21 additional families. They are actively building out their network of partners and supporters and have goals to fill the homes and provide support for 40 families in 2021.
The Northcenter Neighborhood Association Recycle Popup started collecting metal-based cookware and bakeware, as part of the Calphalon Cooking Tools Recycling Program through TerraCycle. We started accepting items during our July popup and received many pots and pans in very good condition. So, we will be donating any and all pots, pans and bakeware that we receive in good condition to Digs with Dignity.
If you would like to make a donation and there are many ways you can do that, just click HERE.
There’s no better feeling than being a part of making someone’s house feel like a home.
Tomorrow, a place to recycle your old cooking oil.