Putnam Investments Up & Out - December 16, 2016

         Number of Items Donated: 45
Overview Client Background Location Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to Putnam Investment’s Up & Out on Friday, December 16, 2016. 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.” 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 housewares
  • 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 families Heading Home serves are headed by young, single mothers with at least one small child. Heading Home helps these families 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 family 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 family. We appreciate your patience and understanding given the complexity of this process.

Once we confirm your family, 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 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.

  • 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 RoomCoffee tableUnfulfilled
Living Room2 end tablesUnfulfilled
Living Room2 LampsUnfulfilled
Living RoomTelevisionUnfulfilled
Living RoomWall decorations (2-4 pieces needed)FulfilledJudy Minsk
Living RoomLampFulfilledJudy Minsk
Bedroom 1Twin sized sheetsFulfilledColleen Donovan
Bedroom 1Twin mattress padFulfilledJulie Miller
Bedroom 11 end tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 11 LampFulfilledEllen Neary
Bedroom 1Wall decorFulfilledAbigail Boucher
Bedroom 1HangersFulfilledKate Lakin
Bedroom 1PillowFulfilledMichelyn Healey
Bedroom 21 end tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Twin sized mattress padFulfilledJulie Miller
Bedroom 2Twin sized sheetsFulfilledColleen Donovan
Bedroom 21 lampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Wall decorationsFulfilledAbigail Boucher
Bedroom 2HangersFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
Bedroom 2PillowFulfilledMichelyn Healey
Bedroom 3Full mattress padFulfilledJulie Miller
Bedroom 3End tableUnfulfilled
Bedroom 31 LampFulfilledStephanie Wolfenden
Bedroom 3Wall decorationsFulfilledStephanie Wolfenden
Bedroom 3HangersFulfilledEllen Neary
Bedroom 3MirrorUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3PillowsFulfilledMichelyn Healey
Dining RoomPlacematsFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
Dining RoomNapkinsFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
Kitchen8-piece dinnerware setFulfilledEllen Lemire
Kitchen8-piece glass set.FulfilledBeth Williams
Kitchen8-piece silverware setFulfilledBeth Williams
KitchenFull set of pots & pansFulfilledStephanie Wolfenden
KitchenMetal spatulasFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
KitchenCooking timerFulfilledEllen Neary
KitchenCan openerFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
KitchenRubber spatulasFulfilledJoanne Driscoll
KitchenWooden spoonsFulfilledBeth Williams
KitchenMixing bowl setFulfilledBeth Williams
KitchenCarving knivesFulfilledMichele Hsu
KitchenPot holder setFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenDish towelsFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenPaper towel holderFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenBroomFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenToasterFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenMicrowaveFulfilledKate Lakin
KitchenDustpanFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenMop/Swiffer Wet JetFulfilledSulochana Modur
KitchenWall decorationsUnfulfilled
KitchenWaste basketFulfilledSulochana Modur
OtherCleaning suppliesFulfilledMichele Hsu
OtherTool kitFulfilledKate Lakin
OtherToilet PpaperFulfilledSulochana Modur
OtherWall hanging materials (hooks, etc.)Unfulfilled
OtherVacuumFulfilledBeth Taylor
OtherElectric DrillFulfilledDiana Mills

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