Downsizing Helps Four Families with a Fresh Start

by | Jul 25, 2017

Downsizing is challenging. Besides the upheaval any move brings, Baby Boomers everywhere are struggling with handing down furniture and other quality possessions for which they no longer have need or space.

One local family in Washington, D.C. recently struggled with this decision. Their friends suggested they offer the furniture to the families who rent apartments from Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH), knowing these families live on tight budgets as they turn around their financial situations.

“I was thrilled when Joe Oliver reached out to us. Just this month we had several new families move into our housing,” said Lesley Hatch, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GSH. “Our Community Case Manager, Aleisha Wilhite, was able to connect four families with furniture. Sometimes families move in with just a bed, so receiving a dresser or a sofa can be just what is needed to turn an apartment into a home.”

Thanks to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, a local moving business, GSH was able to move this furniture from the donor located in Washington, D.C., to four separate apartments in Alexandria, Virginia.

The high quality furniture donated included:

  • A sofa, love seat and couch
  • A desk/dresser
  • A chest of drawers
  • Living room chairs
  • A small television

Thanks to the generosity of Joe and Meredith Oliver, these families would get a fresh start without breaking their budget. “We found the entire Good Shepherd operation to be extremely efficient, a pleasure to work with and a great cause,” said Meredith Oliver.

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to giving back to our community,” said Zach Killdall, General Manager of Two Men and a Truck – Northern VA/DC. “When GSH called and shared their challenge of getting furniture to four separate families, we didn’t hesitate to help. We are proud members of the Mount Vernon and Alexandria communities, which have a strong history of supporting families in need.”

GSH welcomes inquiries from downsizing homeowners who may have rooms full of high-quality furniture to donate.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Since 1974, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working-class families in Fairfax County. Earning numerous accolades for their work, GSH received the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and was named one of the best nonprofits by the 2014-2015 Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.

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About Two Men and a Truck
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country and offers comprehensive home and business relocation and packing services. Our goal is to exceed customers’ expectations by customizing our moving services to specific needs. We move apartments, condominiums, homes, businesses, and everything in between – from very small to very large. Whether moving down the street, across the country, or to a new home or business building, we’re here to help with managing relocation stress.

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