One of our Veterans recently moved into a new apartment. Johnny is a really nice guy who is kind and very outgoing. He quickly made friends with everyone in the neighborhood. One his neighbors, a middle aged lady named Julie had recently moved into the complex to escape an abusive domestic violence situation. She was terrified of her husband so you packed her clothes and left him one day while he was at work. She knew she had to get far away from him to be safe. She got on a greyhound bus and fled Chicago for Gainesville, Florida.
It took all the money she had to secure an apartment and cut the utilities on. She was sleeping on a air mattress on the floor. Johnny mentioned her living conditions to me on the way to a moving job. I made a mental note to hold on to any furniture we came across. Sometimes our customers buy new furniture and the old furniture is still usable, we often give it to people we know that may need it.
The next job we went to was a repeat customer, a high ranking member of the Alachua County’s Sheriffs office. As we took his new furniture inside I noticed a nice couch and love seat discarded on the side of the house. I asked him did he want us to get rid of it and he said “yes.”I explained that we knew of a person who needed household furnishings. He began going throughout the house gathering up a coffee table, lamps a bookshelf and a bed. We thanked him and proceeded to Julies house.
Julie was so overjoyed that she burst into tears. It felt really good helping her and it gave me perspective on being grateful for the good life I enjoy. I consulted with the other Veterans that make up Veterans Moving Help LLC and we decided to join forces with the United Way to become a provider of household furnishings to those in need. The community donates to us and we deliver. Furniture for Families is born!