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JRCC Furniture Depot Blog Post #4: Happy Chanukah From JRCC FD!

 

During the festival of lights, the JRCC Furniture Depot continues to work to provide clients in need with what everyone needs to see when they come home- furniture. During this time, not everyone in the GTA is fortunate enough to have what is basic in every home. While clients referred to us are lacking furniture such as a table to eat on, a chair to sit on and a bed to sleep on- soon after an appointment with us they can rest assured knowing that their homes will be well furnished in the a next few days when the furniture they selected from our showroom is delivered.

All this could not have been possible were it not for the help of our donors! The furniture donated by our donors is the same furniture which furnishes the homes of the clients referred to the JRCC Furniture Depot. However, with the increasing number of clients being referred to the Furniture Depot, our operating costs have also increased. We need your help to bring the light to the homes of people in need.

Here are four ways you can support JRCC Furniture depot:

  • Mail us a cheque- address it to JRCC Furniture Depot, 1416 Centre Street Unit 6 Thornhill, Ontario L4J 8A1
  • Donate online via Canadahelps.org
  • Call us up at 416-222-7105 ext. 248 and we can process your donation over the phone via credit card

 

An in-kind tax receipt will be provided for all donations to JRCC.

Happy Chanukah!

 

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JRCC Furniture Depot Blog Post #3: Moving Forward with JRCC FD

The JRCC Furniture Depot presently services an area spanning from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe. With such a large area to service, we are presently looking to partner with hotels, furniture stores and property developers looking to do something meaningful with the furniture that they will no longer be using. While being socially responsible, companies can take pride in knowing that their furniture donations will be environmentally responsible, and that their furniture will go straight to the homes of needy families in York Region.

 

Additionally, choosing to donate with JRCC furniture depot has its advantages:

 

  • We have a fixed pickup charge – As opposed to standard moving companies, which charge by the hour, the JRCC furniture depot believes that furniture pickup services should be as efficient as possible – saving our time and yours!

 

  • We provide an in kind tax receipt for donated items at fair market value – Instead of calling a junk removal company, which will simply charge for pickup and send your furniture to a landfill, furniture donations to the JRCC furniture depot will be given a tax receipt evaluated by CRA standards.

 

  • The more you donate, you save – Often, furniture donations for many items can add up to a high pickup cost. To help reduce that, the JRCC furniture depot applies price reductions to pickup quotes with high volume of items – but the tax receipt stays the same!

 

  • We have special offers for repeat donors (for companies) – Businesses like hotel chains and mattress companies interested in donating to JRCC on a recurring basis should contact us directly for corporate sponsorship opportunities.

 

While we already do a lot of great work, to continue what we are doing requires everyone’s help! Schedule a furniture pickup today! 416-222-7105 ext. 248

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What we do. JRCC Furniture Depot Blog Post #2

JRCC Furniture Depot Blog Post #2:

A lot has changed since 1985 when the JRCC Furniture Depot started as a service connecting those who wanted to donate their furniture with those who needed it. We are proud to say, the JRCC furniture depot services all clients regardless of their race, religion or color! We are proud to service the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and help those in need of a basic living necessity- furniture. Having a bed to sleep, a chair to sit and a table to eat is essential to have for anyone seeking to improve their lives- and we want to have a part in helping them!

In 2017, 90% of clients served were below the poverty line, 60% were newcomers to Canada, 60% had minor children and 20% were transitioning from shelters! Those donating their furniture to the JRCC furniture depot can have peace of mind knowing that their furniture will make a difference in someone’s life. A difference which will improve the lives of others, a difference which will affect the entire GTA for the better.

Just walking through our warehouse can show why are clients come here. Mattresses, dressers, tables, chairs and couches- the basics in any home – are what we provide for clients. Most of the time, when a client is referred to the JRCC Furniture Depot, the first thing taken is a mattress. By helping those without furniture furnish their homes, we can help them have the peace of mind knowing that they have a place to put their head down.

While a client’s issues may be vast- the JRCC Furniture depot prides itself in helping one- furnish their homes. But we can’t do it without our donor’s help! For all inquires regarding furniture donation, please call 416-222-7105 ext. 248

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JRCC Furniture Depot BLOG POST #1- Who We Are

The JRCC Furniture Depot is a service provided to help those with limited means to furnish their homes. Since it’s founding in 1985 as a humble community service making connections between people who wanted to donate their furniture with people who needed it, the JRCC Furniture depot has expanded to become a central community service which helps those in need furnish their home and picks up furniture from those donors!

Fast forward to 2017- the JRCC Furniture Depot has become a community service which has had partnerships from more than 60 referral agencies and has been working with over 200 case workers to help service York Region better- and is still growing! In 2017 alone we helped 2,250 clients and gave away 5,902 furniture items!!

Aside from servicing a large volume of clients in need at the JRCC Furniture depot- we believe that every client deserves respect and confidentiality when they come to us in their time of need. In fact, our evaluation data from 2017 shows that for client satisfaction we scored 3.8 out of 4! In addition to assuring satisfaction with our clients, we work hard to make our donors happy! Our 2017 evaluation data revealed that we scored 3.9 out of 4 for Donor satisfaction!

While these numbers are great, we are always trying to help more in need of furniture and are always looking for furniture to help furnish more homes! If you are interested in donating your gently used furniture, don’t hesitate to call us up at 416-222-7105 ext. 248. If you are in need furniture, have your social service refer you to us and we would love to help!

We are always looking to cooperate with furniture companies for furniture donations. Please feel free to email us at: furniture@jrcc.org

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JRCC FD is hosting United Way workshop for social enterprises

Are you an established Social Enterprise with a new business opportunity or plans for expansion?

The Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund (MixedCap) will support the expansion of an early stage, high growth non-profit social enterprises by providing a hybrid form of capital, comprised of a combined loan (50%) and grant (50%).  MixedCap is funded by the Province of Ontario and United Way Toronto & York Region (through a gift from the Polar Foundation), with all loan financing coming from Alterna Savings.

If you are an incorporated non-profit, have identified a solid business opportunity and located/operating in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton area, then you are eligible to apply for between $10,000 and $30,000 in total investment, split equally between a loan and a grant.

Organization interested will have to attend a mandatory workshop and submit a business plan as part of the application process.  Next workshop is on scheduled on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at the JRCC Furniture Depot in Thornhill.  To register, please click here

Should you have more questions or would like further information, please contact Shahil Thomas at 416-777-1444 ext. 365 or via e-mail at sthomas@uwgt.org

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JRCC FD: Change of Policy for Clients

Effective May 1st 2016, clients will be required to schedule a delivery, and make a payment at the time of their appointment.

Self-pick up is no longer allowed.

Please make sure clients bring cash, debit, or credit for their appointment, the JRCC FD cannot store furniture for a later payment.

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Happy Family Day

JRCC Furniture Depot has served over 650 families in 2015, assisting them in furnishing their homes. Most of the families have experienced an unsafe situation where they were sleeping on the floor, and did not have a dining table or chairs to sit on. The JRCC Furniture Depot is giving furniture FOR FREE to families in need.

We expect to grow the number of client who will be served in 2016 – your generous furniture and funds donations help us to do this.

We wish all of you – a happy family day!

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