Beds, tables or cabinets will be available in the new Prague furniture bank for those who need them most. The service will offer help to elderly people, single-parent families or young people who leave behind orphanages or similar institutions.
More than 80,000 Czechs face financial difficulties equipping their homes with basic furniture and appliances. Those who live in or around Prague will now be able to head to the newly opened furniture bank in the south of the capital. Free beds for low income families
The bank, opened thanks to the collaboration of the Libuš district with the Center for Social Services in Prague, aims to alleviate the situation of some of the most vulnerable groups of the population, according to Martin Šimáček, director of the Center for Social Services.
“More than 20,000 very poor people live on the territory of Prague. Every year, more than a thousand young people leave institutional care settings and need to equip their homes. They all need help.”
Šimáček says that without support, a quarter of young people end up living on the streets.
Another of the most needy groups are some families, who are often forced to make impossible decisions, explains Milena Johnová, from the Prague City Council.
“In Prague there are many families and people who, when thinking about home, have to decide whether they will buy a bed for their children or pay the rent.”
The bank looks like a furniture store. On one side are shelves and cabinets, donated by companies that decided to get rid of old office furniture. Next to it you can even see new equipment, courtesy of a multinational company. However, all those interested can contribute and, according to bank representatives, have already been contacted by several donors.
All those who have furniture or appliances that no longer serve them, can contact the bank. They must be items in good condition, regardless of their age. The bank will also accept equipment that needs minor repairs, as long as these can be carried out by the bank’s employees.
Simply call, send photos and arrange delivery. If the donors cannot transport the furniture to Libuš, the bank employees will pick it up.
Once on site, the Free furniture and appliances will be delivered to those who need them most. The aid of the new bank is designated for all those who do not have sufficient resources to ensure the minimum living conditions and who need subsidies from the State. Another group is made up of people who have a recommendation from social services. However, exceptions also apply, according to the director of the furniture bank, Tomáš Valenta.
“If we, after consulting with the management, consider that it is a family that needs material help, but is not in contact with any social service, there is no problem, we will also help them“.
The Libuš furniture bank is the first in the Czech capital, although a similar service on a smaller scale was previously offered by the non-governmental organization R-mosty. However, due to great interest, the capital authorities decided to open their own bank.
Looking ahead, they plan that the bank in Libuš could also become a social enterprise. People who have difficulty finding employment could be hired to repair furniture and appliances donated to the bank.
Dallas, Texas. Beds and mattresses for less fortunate children in North Texas are in high demand. In early 2021, the SM Wright Foundation created two events called “Bed for Kids” and “Drive Thru of Blessings” to respond to this growing need in a more efficient, safe and COVID 19 friendly way. Texas who sign up and qualify for assistance receive a bedding set that includes a frame, box spring and mattress.
Continued support of the Beds for Kids program funds events like these. Help children get a good night’s rest. Registration is now open to receive free beds at the SM Wright Foundation.
To qualify, a family must complete an application, show proof of income (if applicable) and residency, provide a valid birth certificate for each child, and meet federal poverty guidelines. After the application has been processed, the family must pick up a certified verification ticket at the registration location on the foundation site. Distribution events are held each quarter and customers will be notified of specific collection dates.
Since its inception, the center has distributed more than 18,000 sets of mattresses to underprivileged children in the North Texas community.
The demand for beds has far outstripped the ability of the SM Wright Foundation to supply them. There are currently more than 2,000 children on the waiting list. Registration dates to receive free beds at the SM Wright Foundation have already been announced.
ONLINE REGISTRATION BEGINS:
It will be on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
You must go to the website: www.smwright.org
(Then click on the Get Assistance button and click on Beds for Kids)
REGISTER AT A SITE AND PICK UP YOUR TICKETS FOR THE FINAL EVENT
@ Missionary Baptist Church of the Peoples
Address: 3119 Pine Street Dallas Texas 75215.
From: Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
It will be on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LAST DAY TO PICK UP TICKETS FOR THE EVENT:
Thursday, April 28, 2022 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL NOTIFICATION IN YOUR INBOX, PLEASE CHECK THE EMAIL/SPAM AREA IN YOUR EMAIL.
Here’s what you need to bring on registration days beginning Thursday, April 21.
Admission Test. (families must meet federal poverty guidelines)
Proof of residence.
Copies of birth certificates for each child registering (LIVING IN HOME with parent or legal guardian)
If you do not have any income (due to job loss, family emergency, etc.), please notify the registration clerk.
FINAL INFORMATION OF THE EVENT: That day the beds will be delivered.
DAY OF THE EVENT: Saturday, April 30, 2022
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
EVENT LOCATION: SM Wright Foundation Headquarters
Address: 9213 Sovereign Row Dallas, Texas 75247.
Free food to the community at “The SM Wright Foundation
Dallas, Texas. The SM Wright Foundation delivers free food to the North Texas community on Thursdays of each week between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:30 pm at its location located at 3119 Pine Street Dallas Texas 75215.
And, he also extended his day by delivering food on the first and second Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, at the same address 3119 Pine Street Dallas Texas 75215.
The SM Wright Foundation is in dire need of volunteers on Thursdays to help the many needy families in our community during these tough economic times. Businesses, business groups, churches, civic leagues and others can join us on Community Day on Thursdays to help distribute food, clothing and bedding and spread joy to families who come looking for aid.