Furniture Sharehouse

About Furniture Sharehouse

Our Mission

Furniture Sharehouse provides free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families living in Westchester County, giving them the basic household furnishings that enable them to rebuild their lives and live with dignity.

Our Clients

Our clients are referred by member social service agencies, and include:

  • Those moving out of homeless shelters into permanent housing
  • Battered women and children escaping domestic violence
  • Working families struggling to stay above the poverty line
  • Young adults aging out of foster care
  • Victims of fires or other natural disasters.

Clients are brought by appointment to our warehouse located at the Westchester County Airport, where volunteers help them select furniture from our inventory based on their specific needs, including: beds, table and chairs, sofa, occasional tables, dresser, bookshelves, TV, microwave, rug, lamps and more. Clients may bring their own truck to take the furniture home or pay for our low-cost delivery service.

Our Community Impact

Since opening in April 2007, as of October 2013, we have served the following:

Households: 2,378
Number of Individuals: 6,955
Number of Children: 3,499
Female Head of Household: 1,295
Items of Furniture Distributed: 36,548
Total Value: $2,275,000

Our History

Furniture Sharehouse was founded through the efforts of Kate Bialo and The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (JLWOS). Through her work as Past President and Community Grants Coordinator for JLWOS, Kate learned of the social service community’s frustration at having furniture that their clients desperately needed slip through their fingers because no one had space to store it temporarily. So she conceived the idea of setting up a “shared warehouse” where donations could be collected and redistributed to agency clients as needed.

Furniture Sharehouse was incorporated in 2006, and, with seed money from JLWOS and a matching HUD grant from Westchester County, warehouse space was secured at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains and operations commenced in April 2007.

Our Board of Directors

For a listing of our Board of Directors, click here.

National Furniture Bank Association

Furniture Sharehouse joins more than fifty other furniture banks across the country that together has provided over one million pieces of furniture to more than 100,000 families.  We are a member of The National Furniture Bank Association, which helps furniture banks increase existing capacity and works to help open new ones.

Non-Profit

Furniture Sharehouse is a New York State Not-for-Profit corporation, and is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.