What sort of things are you looking for?
Our clients are homeless families moving into small apartments with nothing.  We need basic apartment furnishings.  We always need dressers, kitchen and dining room tables, and beds of all sizes.  We also take couches and armchairs, buffets and sideboards, shelving units, wardrobes, lamps, small appliances like microwave ovens and toaster ovens, dishes, pots and pans, bedding and linens, curtains, coffee tables, end tables, night tables, computers, TVs, and other household and kitchen items.  We will accept only items that are gently used and suitable for our clients.  Our driver will make the final decision on whether or not to pick up any particular item.

What DON'T you take?
We cannot use and WILL NOT ACCEPT these items:

  • Floor model TVs and stereos
  • Hospital beds
  • Pianos, organs

What do you do with the furniture?
We give almost all of the furniture to homeless families moving out of shelters.  We also sell some of the furniture in order to help support our charitable operations.  The items we sell are mostly surplus, oversized, or otherwise unsuitable for our clients.

What about a financial donation?
Financial donations are greatly appreciated.  We rely on your generosity to support our charitable activities.  We give tax receipts for donations of $25 or more.

Can I get a tax receipt for my furniture?
We can give you a tax receipt for the "fair market value" of your furniture at the time it was donated.

When do I get my tax receipt?
Tax receipts are normally issued upon pick up of donation.

Who do I make my ckeck out to?
Make checks payable to RIDEP.  You can give checks or cash to the driver.  If you prefer to mail your check, send it to this address:

20 River Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Where and when can I drop off furniture?

Do you come into the house?
If we come to pick up your furniture, we will send a truck with a driver and helper, who will bring the items out of your home.  It is not necessary to bring the items to the curb, although our drivers will be happy if you do.