NAIOP Developing Leaders Up & Out - October 3, 2015

Total Funds Raised: $480.00          Number of Items Donated: 23
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to NAIOP’s Developing Leaders Up & Out on Saturday, October 3, 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

Naomi is a 23-year-old single mother who has been working with Heading Home for a year. Naomi became homeless when her living situation became unsafe. Before being referred to Heading Home, Naomi and her one-year-old son, Bernard, were placed by the state in a roadside motel.

Naomi’s placement in Heading Home’s Medford shelter has provided her and Bernard with a stable temporary home, unlike any she has had before – this is the longest she has lived in one place. Since working with Heading Home, Naomi has developed a plan for monthly budgeting, savings and debt reduction. She has also received help with her job search and long-term career goals.

Thanks to Heading Home, Naomi was able to secure childcare for Bernard, removing her biggest barrier to holding a job. Naomi is currently working in retail and attending college as a fulltime student. She plans to study business and cannot wait to graduate. Naomi is looking forward to finally having a stable home of her own for her and Bernard.


Apartment Location: 5 Parkman Street, #3R, Dorchester. Street Parking is available.

Please consider contributing to the NAIOP Developing Leaders 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 Room2 Arm chairsFulfilledHeading Home
Living RoomCouchFulfilledHeading Home
Living RoomCoffee tableFulfilledHeading Home
2 LampsUnfulfilled
Living Room1 End tableFulfilledHeading Home
Living RoomWall decorFulfilledHeading Home
Living RoomRugFulfilledHeading Home
Decorative cabinetFulfilledHeading Home
Living RoomLampUnfulfilled
BathroomHand towelsUnfulfilled
BathroomBath towelsUnfulfilled
BathroomBath matUnfulfilled
BathroomToilet brushUnfulfilled
BathroomShower curtainUnfulfilled
BathroomShower linerFulfilledPete Zimmons
BathroomWaste basketUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Twin bedFulfilled
Bedroom 1Twin mattress padUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Twin sized beddingUnfulfilled
Bedroom 11 Night standFulfilledHeading home
Bedroom 1DresserFulfilledHeading Home
Bedroom 11 LampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1HangersUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1PillowUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2DresserFulfilledHeading Home
Bedroom 21 lampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2HangersFulfilledPete Zimmons
Bedroom 2PillowsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Full bedFulfilledHeading Home
Bedroom 2Full mattress padUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Full sized beddingUnfulfilled
Bedroom 21 Night standFulfilledHeading Home
Dining RoomSmall dining room tableFulfilledHeading Home
Dining Room4 chairsFulfilledHeading Home
Dining RoomPlacematsUnfulfilled
Dining RoomNapkinsUnfulfilled
Kitchen8-piece dinnerware setUnfulfilled
Kitchen8-piece glass set.Unfulfilled
Kitchen8-piece silverware setUnfulfilled
KitchenFull set of pots & pansUnfulfilled
KitchenMetal spatulasUnfulfilled
KitchenCooking timerUnfulfilled
KitchenCan openerFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenRubber spatulasUnfulfilled
KitchenWooden spoonsFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenMixing bowl setUnfulfilled
KitchenCarving knivesUnfulfilled
KitchenPot holder setUnfulfilled
KitchenDish towelsUnfulfilled
KitchenPaper towel holderFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenBroomFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenDustpanFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenIronFulfilledPete Zimmons
KitchenIroning board with padUnfulfilled
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

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