Rivers School Up & Out - May 20, 2017

Total Funds Raised: $150.00          Number of Items Donated: 38
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to Rivers School’s Up & Out on May 20th, 2017. Up & Out offers volunteer groups 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.

Please consider contributing to the Rivers School 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 RoomSofaFulfilled
Living RoomArm ChairFulfilledMarie Jennings
Living RoomTV standFulfilled
Living RoomCoffee TableUnfulfilled
Living RoomEnd TablesFulfilled
Living RoomTelevisionUnfulfilled
Living RoomLampFulfilled
Living RoomWall PrintsFulfilledMarie Jennings
BathroomShower curtain (new)Unfulfilled
BathroomHand towelsFulfilledMarie Jennings
BathroomBath towelsFulfilledMarie Jennings
BathroomBath matFulfilledMarie Jennings
BathroomToilet brush (new)FulfilledMarie Jennings
BathroomShower liner (new)Unfulfilled
BathroomToiletries (new)Unfulfilled
BathroomWaste BasketUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1Twin Bed FrameFulfilled
Bedroom 1Mattress Pad (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroom 1End TableFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 1DresserFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 1LampFulfilled
Bedroom 1Wall PrintsFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 1HangersFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 1Pillows (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroom 2Twin Bed FrameFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 2Mattress Pad (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroom 2End TableFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 2DresserFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 2LampFulfilled
Bedroom 2Wall PrintsFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 2HangersFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 2PillowsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3Full Bed FrameFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3Mattress Pad (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroom 3Bedding (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroom 3End TableFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3DresserFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3LampUnfulfilled
Bedroom 3Wall PrintsFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3HangersFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3MirrorFulfilledMarie Jennings
Bedroom 3Pillows (new)Unfulfilled
Dining RoomSmall Dining Room TableFulfilledMarie Jennings
Dining Room4 ChairsFulfilledMarie Jennings
Kitchen8-piece dinnerware setFulfilledMarie Jennings
Kitchen8-piece glass set.FulfilledMarie Jennings
Kitchen8-piece silverware setUnfulfilled
KitchenFull set of pots & pansUnfulfilled
KitchenMetal spatulasUnfulfilled
KitchenCan openerUnfulfilled
KitchenRubber spatulasUnfulfilled
KitchenWooden spoonsUnfulfilled
KitchenMixing bowl setUnfulfilled
KitchenCarving knivesUnfulfilled
KitchenPot holder setUnfulfilled
KitchenDish towelsUnfulfilled
KitchenPaper towel holderUnfulfilled
KitchenMicrowaveFulfilledMarie Jennings
KitchenWall printsUnfulfilled
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