Nonprofit CO Furnish Hope provides furniture for the new veterans village in Bend

(Update: Added comments from the founder of Provide hope)

“If you hear that voice, don’t ignore it. Lean on it and with faith say yes and do all you can. ‘

BEND, Ore (KTVZ) – Furnish Hope is playing an important role in the finishing stages of Central Oregon Veterans Village, a new transitional shelter with 15 small houses to help veterans get back on their feet.

Bend’s non-profit organization provides essential furniture and household items to families in need in central Oregon.

They are currently working to assemble and install furniture to help accommodate homeless veterans in their halfway houses. It will furnish five Veterans Village cabins and common space over the next two weeks. The project will continue as construction of the mini-houses continues.

“The veterans are going to have twin beds. They will be placed on a platform so that they have storage bins and space underneath, ”said Megan Martin, CEO of Furnish Hope, on Wednesday.

“Furnish Hope started with a vision that originated in October 2019, and it was a vision that came to me when I got a text message about a mother and a few children leaving the Bethlehem Inn. They were moving into an apartment and needed everything furnished, ”Martin said.

At first, Martin said she was covering the costs of the items, but when demand increased she wasn’t sure how she was going to make it work.

“Here’s the miracle: In six months, all of a sudden, people started to donate,” she said.

With more than 70 volunteers per week, the organization provides an average of 30 homes per month, a significant increase from five to eight homes per month last October.

The organization typically works on a referral basis with more than 30 community partners, including service agencies, school programs, and churches, to help families.

Community teams such as Summit Soccer Girls, J Bar J Youth Services, First Interstate Bank and The Embrace Foundation work with Furnish Hope to assemble and install the furniture.

To set the scene, Martin also teams up with photographer Dan Higgins, who captures picturesque landscapes.

Martin encourages others to be part of community solutions.

“If you hear that voice, don’t ignore it. Lean on it and with faith say yes and do whatever you can, ”said Martin.

The association also accepts donations to continue its efforts. They accept used furniture, housewares, kitchen utensils, linens, other household items and financial donations. Drop-offs take place Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 1006 SE 9th Street in Bend.

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