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The Fresh Start Program helps those transitioning out of homelessness, recovering from addiction, escaping domestic violence, or facing other challenges with resources to furnish a new home.
Clients of Family Promise, Safehouse Services, Recover Wyoming, Community Action of Laramie County, Needs Inc., and The Unaccompanied Students Initiative are issued vouchers, depending on their needs, to purchase furniture and household items from the Habitat ReStore's inventory of items donated from the community and business partners.
"My family was homeless, and we lost everything in the process. Within a few days of staying at the shelter
I was able to get a job and my kids into school. After a couple months, I was able to
find a place with the help of Community Action. I didn’t have any furniture since we’d lost everything.
I got a Fresh Start Voucher for Habitat Restore and was able to secure most of the furniture
needed for my new apartment. Not only that but I was able to get small things like lamps and pictures
to make it feel homier. I am so grateful that I had that resource."
"I had most of the furniture I needed but my armchair was beginning to break, and
I couldn’t sit straight in it. I was having back surgery soon and needed my chair to not only sit in,
but to also sleep in. I was able to get a Fresh Start Voucher and pick out a new armchair before
my surgery, so I’d have a comfortable place for recovery. Since I am on a fixed income,
I would not have been able to afford a brand-new chair. The chair I got at Habitat appeared barely used."
You can help neighbors find stable ground by donating items to the ReStore or
Together, we'll support those doing the hard work to find their own Fresh Start.