The DSF Group – Up & Out - November 4, 2016

         Number of Items Donated: 50
Overview Client Background Location Inventory Volunteer Contact


Heading Home is looking forward to The DSF Group’s Up & Out on Friday, November 4, 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


Jasmin and her 10-month-old son Damarie have been working with Heading Home for the past six months. Jasmin was referred to our shelter because she was unable to afford rent and the cost of living in Boston on her own and it was important for her son who was born prematurely to be in a healthy environment.

Currently Jasmin is enrolled in our Partnership to End Family Homelessness program, a highly supported pathway out of public dependency. This program has all of our other programs’ signature housing-plus-service components but is unique in its longer-term case management (2+ years). It represents a more advanced tier of economic mobility services and a higher level of co-investment; as participants invest more energy over time, we, too will co-invest by matching with staff support and overall resources. Our master’s-educated self-sufficiency coaches help these clients make large life strides related to income and overall economic mobility, and working off of public dependency.

Today Jasmin is working part-time while attending cosmetology school. Determined to be independent and create a stable environment for her child, Jasmin is looking forward to her new home and continuing to work towards self-sufficiency.


24 West Cottage Street, Boston, MA, United States

24 West Cottage Street, Unit 1, Boston (Dorchester)

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    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 tableFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
Living RoomSofaFulfilledBronwyn Hershberger
Living RoomArm chairsFulfilledBronwyn Hershberger
Living Room2 End tablesFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
Living Room2 LampsUnfulfilled
Living RoomTelevision standUnfulfilled
Living RoomTelevisionFulfilledRachel Pazarbasi
Living Room3 matching printsFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
Living Room2 decorative mirrorsFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
BathroomHand towels (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomBath towels (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomBath mat (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomToilet brush (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomShower curtain (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomShower rodFulfilledgail stabile
BathroomShower liner (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomToilet paperFulfilledgail stabile
BathroomToiletries (new)Fulfilledgail stabile
BathroomWaste basketFulfilledgail stabile
Bedroom 1DresserUnfulfilled
Bedroom 11 End tableFulfilledgail stabile
Bedroom 11 LampFulfilledgail stabile
Bedroom 1Wall decorUnfulfilled
Bedroom 1HangersFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
Bedroom 2Small bureau with drawers (or end table)FulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
Bedroom 2DresserFulfilledPaul Bowie
Bedroom 22 End tablesUnfulfilled
Bedroom 22 LampsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2Wall decorationsUnfulfilled
Bedroom 2HangersFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
Kitchen2 leather counter stoolsFulfilledBronwyn Hershberger
Kitchen8-piece dinnerware setFulfilledJohn Samela
Kitchen8-piece glass set.Fulfilledgail stabile
Kitchen8-piece silverware setFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenKnife set (block with knives)FulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenSilverware trayFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenFull set of pots & pansFulfilledJohn Samela
KitchenMetal spatulasFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenCooking timerFulfilledRachel Pazarbasi
KitchenCan openerFulfilledJohn Samela
KitchenRubber spatulasFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenCooking utensil setFulfilledJohn Samela
KitchenCooking utensil vesselUnfulfilled
KitchenMixing bowl setFulfilledJohn Samela
KitchenCarving knivesUnfulfilled
KitchenPot holder setFulfilledRyan Ball
KitchenDish towels (new)FulfilledBeatrice Semexant
KitchenWaste basketUnfulfilled
KitchenClockFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenPaper towel holderFulfilledT.D. Thompson
KitchenBroomFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
KitchenDustpanFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
KitchenMopFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
KitchenWall decorationsFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
KitchenWaste basketFulfilledRyan Ball
OtherCleaning suppliesFulfilledRyan Ball
OtherTool kitUnfulfilled
OtherToilet paperFulfilledRyan Ball
OtherWall hanging materials (hooks, etc.)Unfulfilled
OtherElectric drillUnfulfilled
OtherTrash bagsFulfilledBeatrice Semexant
Otherfake plantsFulfilledBronwyn Hersheberger
OtherIroning board with padFulfilledRyan Ball

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