Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Up & Out - October 14, 2016

Total Funds Raised: $1,000.00          Number of Items Donated: 31
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Up & Out on Friday, October 14, 2016. Up & Out offers volunteer groups with the opportunity to make a huge impact on a homeless person’s life as they make the milestone move from shelter into permanent housing. Formerly homeless people moving into affordable, permanent housing through Up & Out have faced adversity, but leading up to and following the move they receive intensive support services to remain housed.

The actual move includes cleaning, furnishing and personalizing the apartment to the person’s taste and transforming the apartment into a “home.” Furniture and housewares are either purchased new through funds raised, donated new or gently used. The half-day experience concludes with revealing the apartment to Heading Home’s client and presenting them the keys to their new home. Ways you can participate in the Up & Out move include:

  • Contribute new or gently used furniture and housewares
  • Donate to help purchase items that need to be new (e.g., beds, linens)
  • Volunteer the day of the move (e.g., assemble furniture, buy groceries)

No matter how you participate, you will be making a difference. Thank you for your support and involvement!

Client Background

The majority of the formerly homeless adults served by Heading Home are 40 to 60-years-old. Heading Home helps our clients access publicly-funded subsidies of varying degrees to assist with rent as they get back on track. To ensure the viability of subsidy candidates, and landlords, the public entities providing the subsidies must coordinate many moving parts: security deposits, move dates and inspections. These steps can be lengthy and are out of Heading Home’s control. As a result, in most cases we receive details on the person you are moving about a week prior to your move date. However, you can still plan many details of your move ahead of time. For example, most of the inventory for the apartment can be collected beforehand without knowing the client. We appreciate your patience and understanding given the complexity of this process.

Once we confirm your client, we will alert your group leader(s), and we will post details within this “Client Background” tab for your entire volunteer group to access.

Once we confirm which Heading Home client you will be moving, we will alert your group leader(s), and we will post the address of where the Up & Out move will be taking place within this “Location” tab for your entire volunteer group to access. Up & Out moves take place in Greater Boston, including Dorchester, Chelsea and Revere. Of note, due to high rents, we are seeing some clients look outside Greater Boston for more affordable permanent housing options.

Please consider contributing to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Up & Out move!

Funds raised will be used to pay for items that must be new (e.g., beds, linens), the truck rental and other household items. The average cost to move one of our clients is $2,500-$3,000 if all items are purchased new. However, this amount may be decreased significantly, both through cash and in-kind donations.


Thank you!

  • Hint: You can Ctrl+click to select multiple items.
    If there is an item not on list that you would like to donate, please contact Heading Home or person spearheading your Up & Out move.

Helpful Information

  • Average cost to move one of our clients is $2,500-$3,000 if all items are purchased new; cost can be offset by donations of gently used items.
  • Most of the items below can be collected prior to knowing the client you are moving. At the "meet & greet," the client’s preferences will be learned to help personalize the home.
  • Typically Up & Outs for individual clients  take place in 1 bedroom apartments.
  • Electronic devices (e.g., televisions, computers) are welcomed, but not required.
  • Any items you do not use at your move can be donated to Heading Home for another client.
  • On the day of the move, don’t forget a general tool box (hammer, level, tape measure), picture hangers and sparkling cider and paper cups (for the toast as we welcome the client into their new home!).

Master Inventory List

Room Item Status Donor Name
BathroomHand towelsFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomBath towelsFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomBath matFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomToilet brushFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomShower curtainFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomShower linerFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomToiletriesFulfilledKatie Paul
BathroomWaste basketFulfilledJamie Balboni
BedroomHangersFulfilledJamie Balboni
BedroomPillowFulfilledJamie Balboni
Kitchen4-piece dinnerware setFulfilledSusan Forbes
Kitchen4-piece glass setFulfilledSusan Forbes
Kitchen4-piece silverware setFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenFull set of pots & pansFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCooking timerFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCan openerFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenRubber spatulasFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenWooden spoonsFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenMixing bowl setFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCarving knivesUnfulfilled
KitchenPot holder setFulfilledKatie Paul
KitchenDish towelsFulfilledKatie Paul
KitchenBroomFulfilledKatie Paul
KitchenToasterFulfilledJenelle Alexander
KitchenMicrowaveFulfilledLouisa Bolick
KitchenDustpanFulfilledKatie Paul
KitchenWall decorationsFulfilledJoanne Loutraris
KitchenWaste basketFulfilledKatie Paul
OtherCleaning suppliesFulfilledJamie Balboni
OtherTool kitFulfilledJoanne Loutraris
OtherToilet PpaperFulfilledSpencer Mahoney
OtherVacuumFulfilledLouisa Bolick

Sign up to Volunteer

Please complete fields below to let us know you plan on volunteering at the move. Day-of logistics will be circulated in advance.

Confirmed Volunteers

    First NameLast Name

Heading Home staff is here to facilitate every phase of this move. At any point, please feel free to contact our staff with questions or concerns:

Leora Kimmel Greene, Development and Events Officer