A Simple Exercise
Let us guide you through an imaginary journey that will hopefully demonstrate what it is Renesting does:
Imagine you are Avery, a 30-year-old veteran, a single parent of 3, and a domestic violence survivor. You have a minimum-wage job and have finally scraped together enough for a deposit. Today you received the keys to a modest apartment, YOUR apartment. It's a cold wintery afternoon and the sun will be setting soon. You and your children enter your home only to realize it is empty and dark: you have no lamps. A local food pantry sent you a bag of canned food and you're most grateful, but you don’t have a can opener, pots, plates, or a table to gather for a meal. You say to yourself you’ll figure it out after a shower now that you have your own, private bathroom, but you realize, you don’t have a shower curtain or any towels. And your children… how and where will you tuck them in tonight with no beds, pillows, or blankets?
Can you feel the anxiety building inside of you? This was an imaginary journey for you, but for our clients, it’s a harsh reality with no end in sight. A reality we can change with your help!
From the beginning, Renesting’s purpose has been to provide to those that are unable to provide themselves with the basic items required to function with dignity in a dwelling. Renesting Project, Inc. is powered by a robust volunteer workforce, overseen by two part-time and one full-time staff member, and directed by a volunteer Board that is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Renesting Project currently serves the parishes of Northwest Louisiana as this area's community furniture bank. Thousands of gently used furniture and household items are provided to families and individuals transitioning into permanent housing from homelessness or those at risk of becoming homeless: AT NO COST TO THEM! In a collaborative environment, we currently offer services to clients of 60+ community partners. Each organization facilitates housing for their clients and then submits applications to us on their behalf. We all work as a team to provide items to clients in need.
Donated, gently used furniture and household items are gathered, sorted, cleaned, repaired, and packed with great care by our volunteers before distribution to our clients; all from our warehouse/distribution center. The multitude of items we provide to our clients come from many different sources, but all are systematically processed in our 6,500 sq. ft. distribution center, known as the "Nest". Within 2,000 sq. ft. climate controlled and 4,500 sq. ft. of warehouse space, many hands take on much work. This one location is the place where donors drop off, volunteers prepare items, clients pick up, staff collects data, runs the business, answers the phone, and the place our board of directors meets regularly. This building is essential to our very being. Although a metal building might not be billboard worthy or tug at your heartstrings, without it we couldn’t serve our clients or work our mission.
The Nest, located at 1331 Driftwood Dr., Bossier, City, LA, is staffed and open for service Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm and the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm. The Nest is closed to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to provide time for administrative activities.
Our Motto "Reclaim, Renew, Renest" encapsulates our mission:
Reclaim: to gather gently used furniture and household items from our community
Renew: to clean, repair and prepare these items for distribution to families and individuals
Renest: to provide those in need with a place of rest or retreat, - a nest.
For more information about how to volunteer, call our office at 318-747-5520 or visit our website at www.renestingprojectinc.org
o "I had such a wonderful time serving our client... In just a few hours we were able to turn their empty space into a warm, cozy home. Seeing the client's reaction when she walked in was one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had. I watched as she took a deep breath, and I know the tremendous weight of providing a safe home for her children had been lifted from her shoulders. I am so incredibly proud to be part of this organization and can't wait for the next Renest!" -from board member Megan Beabout after going out on her first Renest
o "I would like to thank you so very much for blessing me with furniture to turn this apartment into a home. The furniture, pictures, and color coordination are perfect; I couldn't have done better myself. You are truly a blessing to help people in my shape or worse." -Excerpt from thank you note written by Client.
o "The Renesting Project and Volunteers of America North Louisiana have had an enduring relationship and mutual respect for our respective missions for many years.”
Renesting Project, Inc's mission is to gather gently used furniture and household items and distribute them to those in need.
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Renesting Project, Inc
Renesting Project, Inc.
Tax id (EIN)
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster
Community Enhancement, Housing, Shelter & Homelessness, Human Services
Address1331 Driftwood Dr.