When the South Perry Blog visited Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane last week, Ashley Sprecher stopped by. She is the manager of Spokane Community Warehouse – which is located at a secret address – and serves as a clearing house for donated furniture.
“It used to be that people gave their used furniture to St. Vincent de Paul, but now they aren’t around any more,” said Sprecher. “Sometimes it all goes to Goodwill – other times people look for different agencies, but they don’t know about all of them or their specific needs. We do.”
Spokane Community Warehouse is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Spokane and supports 11 non-profit agencies, among them Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane, SNAP and Volunteers of America.
“Before the Warehouse, one agency would have extra beds that another agency could use, but they didn’t know about each other,” said Sprecher. “Now we know how many beds we have and who needs them.”
Right now, Sprecher has a list of 15 referrals waiting to be filled. Clients are typically families who have been homeless or for other reasons have lost their furniture.
“We don’t charge for the furniture,” Sprecher said, “and we deliver.”
Right now the Spokane Community Warehouse needs more beds of all sizes except King, which is often too big to fit in smaller bedrooms or apartments. Dressers, dining sets and coffee tables are also in high demand.
The need for furniture is pretty constant.
“It’s humbling to make the deliveries,” said Sprecher. “There are a lot of families out there right now, who never pictured themselves in a situation where they’d need donated furniture.”
Go to www.spokanecommunitywarehouse.org or call (509) 991-9345 for more information.