Our mission is to provide our local people in need with basic furniture, home and baby goods while we help the planet by recycling used goods. Only when people have their basic needs met can they move forward and out of the social services system. 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. People living in poverty are always in crisis-mode.
The original Wish Project was a written 4 pronged plan for how to provide all manner of goods (other than food) to all the needy all year long. Need was organized by urgency from crisis same day needs to seasonal needs like blankets. Those needs would be met by: wishes, seasonal projects, the Emergency Support Program and a for profit venture to fund the other three. A large for profit venture has not yet been created though several ideas are on the drawing board and under consideration of the board of directors.
Only once the basic needs are met they can begin to work towards improving their lives and gaining independence from government support. We are helping the disadvantaged to get past the enormous hurdle of re-establishing home life once they have secured housing, and helping donors recycle their no-longer-needed furnishings, clothing and home goods back into use by people who desperately need them.
We work directly with shelters and housing programs to effectuate a smooth transition for those moving from shelter or emergency situations into apartments. This provides a unique and cost-effective approach to a problem whose urgency is repeated daily, in the individual circumstances of each client.