Liz and Derek Taff Up & Out - March 11, 2017

Total Funds Raised: $2,750.00          Number of Items Donated: 0
Overview Client Background Location Contribute Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to Liz and Derek Taff’s Up & Out on March 11. 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

Hung is a 37 year old male from Haverhill, MA. He is a father of four. Hung has been chronically homeless since 2011 utilizing shelter, friends and acquaintances couches, and also has slept in his car for many days on end, sometimes months on end. No matter his hardship he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He became homeless do to losing his job and financial burdens.  His goals are to become mentally stable with maintaining therapy sessions.  He would also like to become financially stable, actively looking for employment that would work with his needs. Regarding his kids, he would like to rebuild a healthy relationship and be more active in their life’s.  He would also like to go back to school. With the help of this program and the generous donation, he would surely be able to go after these goals to live a more fulfilling life.


Hung would like to take the time to thank everyone who is helping him with this next step in his life and Making his new house feel more like a home. He would someday like to give back to the community that has given him so much.

Hung's new home will be 238 Chelsea St. #2 in Everett, MA.

Please consider contributing to the Taff 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 towelsUnfulfilled
BathroomBath towelsUnfulfilled
BathroomBath matUnfulfilled
BathroomToilet brushUnfulfilled
BathroomShower curtainUnfulfilled
BathroomShower linerUnfulfilled
BathroomWaste basketUnfulfilled
Bedroomtwin comforter (new)Unfulfilled
Bedroomtwin sheets (new)Unfulfilled
BedroomPillow (2)Unfulfilled
Kitchen4-piece dinnerware setUnfulfilled
Kitchen4-piece glass setUnfulfilled
Kitchen4-piece silverware setUnfulfilled
KitchenFull set of pots & pansUnfulfilled
KitchenCooking timerUnfulfilled
KitchenCan openerUnfulfilled
KitchenRubber spatulasUnfulfilled
KitchenWooden spoonsUnfulfilled
KitchenMixing bowl setUnfulfilled
KitchenCarving knivesUnfulfilled
KitchenPot holder setUnfulfilled
KitchenDish towelsUnfulfilled
KitchenWall decorationsUnfulfilled
KitchenWaste basketUnfulfilled
OtherCleaning suppliesUnfulfilled
OtherTool kitUnfulfilled
OtherToilet PpaperUnfulfilled

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