Imagine if you have to sleep on a bench, on concrete pavement or even under a tree in a day, it’s hard to contemplate, isn’t it?
There are millions of people around the world who have no food, shelter, and warmth. No roof over the head to call a place like home. No bed to take rest. This is because, every year millions of families are displaced from one place to another due to fire, flood and natural calamity. Families suffered from natural disaster find it really difficult to manage with an additional expenditure of beds. Many non-profit making organization comes forward to help with free beds for low-income families. Some of the furniture mostly known to everyone are St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, Love Inc., Furniture For Families, Beds4Kids, Cribs for Kids, Samaritan House, Good old ways, Sabathani Community Center, PRISM and many more.
Free beds – An Aid to Low-Income Families
Much non-profit organization and government institutions offer free beds for low-income families. This helps them to manage with sleep at night. Because everyone on earth deserves a great good night sleep, no matter what the financial conditions are. Here are the top reasons why people may require a bed –
- In case of any natural calamity, where are people are forced to leave their comfort with some clothes and food in hand
- A good place for rest is essential for lifestyle
- When people switch to smaller accommodation, new bunk beds are needed
- A Medical condition where we require to change the mattress
- For a child, who is bed wetter and need a crib to sleep
- Poor financial circumstances
Where the Free beds come from?
If you are unable to pay for beds, you can contact organizations or local community centre to help with free beds. But keep in mind, if you are eligible for help, there is always a process for it. You cannot just walk into and get free beds for low-income families. You need to qualify for that under special category –
- A low-income family with no furniture
- A low-income family with HIV/Aids
- Victims of domestic violence
- A single mother with children
- Victims of a disaster, flood, and natural calamity
- Moving from own shelter and fit in the HUD definition of homelessness.
As already mentioned, organizations like Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, Goodwill industries, Craiglist, Red Cross, North American furniture bank are some of the best-known sources to get free furniture and free beds for low-income families.
Salvation Army has its own store in every city of the country. Once you qualify for the low-income families and approved by government officials, this organization can provide you with a voucher to shop for selected items only. If you need furniture, you can go online and search for the store near your city. (more here)
St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store faith-based organization helps the poor and disenfranchised people only. Get free furniture for you and your children from this store. If you are struggling to manage with additional expense for a bed, feel free to contact them. They can provide your furniture such as a free mattress, free couch, sofa, bed and table to eat and sleep comfortably. (more here)
Goodwill Industries is a chain of charity store run by the Department of Social Services and community organizations, which aims at helping financially distressed people. One of the best things about this store is that they are available in almost every location near you. If you have approval from the government, you can get free vouchers to shop for items you need.
Beds4Kids offers free beds for kids and adults only, who comes under the low-income category only. This privately owned charitable organization provides three mattresses for every qualified candidate. Every family can take a maximum of three mattresses, and only one, if it is a twin mattress. But you have to submit your photo ID first. You can receive and transport your mattress on your own.
Cribs for Kids program aims at removing sleep death by educating parents and caregivers about the importance of practicing safe sleep. It provides free beds for low-income families and portable cribs from Graco Pack ‘n Play. If you want to get in touch, they have Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network office in 457 State Street Binghamton, New York. You can call to get more information at (607) 772-0517.
Samaritan House provides free housing furnishings and other items for children such as usable clothing, personal hygiene products, toiletries, and other miscellaneous items. This organization provides special assistance for those who need up-to-date ID and proof of residence. You can get furniture and free beds for once in every six months. Other large appliances such as washing machine, refrigerator, dryer, stove and more are exempted from the services.
Craigslist is another place to find free beds for low-income families. There are many families who want to get rid of their used furniture and donate to someone in need. However, they don’t have a personal arrangement to transport them to another place. A person can search for free items in the craigslist and get them for free. Just do a search for the free item under that the free category.
There are several other organizations to help with free beds for low-income families. You can learn about how to get grants for school furniture, Library furniture, get furniture vouchers for low-income families.
Have complete details in hand before anyone applies for free beds and furniture program. Sufficient knowledge and information can help with saving lots of money and time. If you find someone near you struggling with financial conditions, ask them to search for the nearest community centre. Get them the necessary help to lead a healthy lifestyle.