When a sofa is more than “just” a sofa

“Ask, and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8


What is the significance of delivering a sofa to a home? The answer: “Reunification and Family Preservation.”


Woman sits on her new sofa


As you can see from this young lady’s smile, she is thankful for our sofa. She recently enrolled in our Active Parenting Class and was mandated by the court to do so. Families that have children in state custody have case plans outlining specific reunification goals. These goals mandate that within a certain time period, the family must be able to maintain employment, participate in counseling, and, most of all, be able to provide a clean, safe and stable home environment for the children. This means that families have to have adequate bedding and other furniture in the household. In this case, our sofa found a new home, which will in time have not just the parents but the whole family hanging out together on the sofa.


This family had previously rented furniture, which put them deeper in debt. They gave up the rented sofa for our sofa so they could pay for other mandated services outlined in the case plan. A good trade don’t you think?


-Mike LaChapelle
Supervisor, Northwest District Office of UMCH


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