Gallagher WGA Up & Out - October 16, 2015

Total Funds Raised: $4,461.00          Number of Items Donated: 47
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to WGA’s Up & Out on Friday, October 16, 2015. Up & Out offers volunteer groups with the opportunity to make a huge impact on a homeless family’s life as they make the milestone move from shelter into permanent housing. Families 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 on track and housed.

The actual move includes cleaning, furnishing and personalizing the apartment to the family’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 the family 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

Zea and her two-year-old daughter, Zhen, have been working with Heading Home for the past six months. Zea was referred to one of Heading Home’s shelters when her living situation became unsafe.

Heading Home has provided Zea and Zhen with a stable temporary home, unlike any she has had before. Since working with Heading Home, Zea has developed a plan for monthly budgeting, savings and debt reduction. Zea is working full-time as a chef in an assisted living community. In fact, she has held this job for nearly three years!

Zea’s work with our career specialists has helped her to realize that she is interested in pursuing a degree in radiology. She’s planning to enroll in a program in 2016. Zea is looking forward to providing her daughter with a stable home.

Once we confirm your family, 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. Typically Up & Out moves take place in Dorchester, although some families move elsewhere in Greater Boston, including Medford, Malden and Chelsea.

Please consider contributing to the Gallagher WGA 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 a family is $4,000-$5,000 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 a family is $4,000-$5,000 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 family moving. At the "meet & greet," the family’s preferences will be learned to help personalize the home.
  • Typically Up & Outs take place in 1-2 bedroom apartments; number of bedrooms varies depending on size of family, but plan on at least one child.
  • 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 family.
  • 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 family into its new home!).

Master Inventory List

Room Item Status Donor Name
Living RoomArm chairUnfulfilled
Living RoomCouchUnfulfilled
Living RoomCoffee tableUnfulfilled
Living Room2 End tablesUnfulfilled
Living Room2 LampsFulfilledMaureen Higgins
Living RoomWall decorFulfilledMelanie Cerio
Living RoomLampFulfilledMelanie Cerio
BathroomHand towelsFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomBath towelsFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomBath matFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomToilet brushFulfilledJenelle Alexander
BathroomShower curtainFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomShower linerFulfilledJamie Balboni
BathroomToiletriesFulfilledJenelle Alexander
BathroomWaste basketFulfilledMelanie Cerio
Bedroom 1Twin bedUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Twin mattress padFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 1Twin sized beddingFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 11 end tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1DresserFulfilledMelanie Cerio
Bedroom 11 LampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1HangersFulfilledJenelle Alexander
Bedroom 1PillowFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 2Twin bedUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Twin mattress padFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 2Twin sized beddingFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 21 End tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2DresserUnfulfilled
Bedroom 21 lampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2HangersFulfilledMelanie Cerio
Bedroom 2PillowsFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 3Full bedUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3Full mattress padFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 3Full sized beddingFulfilledJamie Balboni
Bedroom 3End tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3DresserUnfulfilled
Bedroom 31 LampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3HangersUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3MirrorFulfilledMelanie Cerio
Bedroom 3PillowsFulfilledJamie Balboni
Dining RoomSmall dining room tableFulfilledTara Kelly
Dining Room4 chairsFulfilledTara Kelly
Dining RoomPlacematsFulfilledSusan Forbes
Dining RoomNapkinsUnfulfilled
Kitchen8-piece dinnerware setFulfilledLouisa Bolick
Kitchen8-piece glass set.FulfilledLouisa Bolick
Kitchen8-piece silverware setFulfilledLouisa Bolick
KitchenFull set of pots & pansUnfulfilled
KitchenMetal spatulasFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCooking timerFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCan openerFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenRubber spatulasFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenWooden spoonsFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenMixing bowl setFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenCarving knivesFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenPot holder setFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenDish towelsFulfilledMindy Evanter
KitchenPaper towel holderFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenBroomFulfilledJenelle Alexander
KitchenToasterFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenMicrowaveFulfilledMindy Evanter
KitchenDustpanFulfilledSusan Forbes
KitchenMopFulfilledJenelle Alexander
KitchenIronFulfilledMegan Cheeseman
KitchenIroning board with padFulfilledJenelle Alexander
KitchenWall decorationsUnfulfilled
KitchenWaste basketUnfulfilled

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
    AnnMizner McKay

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