Our History

The St. Vincent DePaul Society offers person to person service to the needy and suffering inspired by Gospel values. The Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank is a special program of SVDP providing needy families throughout Lake and Geauga counties with gently used furniture and appliances at no cost.

Operation

The Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank is an all-volunteer organization, we accept donated “gently used” furniture and appliances from the general population in Lake, Geauga, and the eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga counties. We warehouse the furniture in Mentor and then distribute to low income/needy families from Lake and Geauga Counties. We accept all clients regardless of race, religion or ethnicity and strive to serve them to the best of our ability with the resources available.

History

The St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. John Vianney has operated a furniture ministry for many years. After the heavy flooding in Lake County in August of 2006 United Way asked three churches which operated small furniture banks to join together, pool resources, and help the families wiped out by the floods in Lake County.  St. Noel’s in Willoughby Hills, Hope Ridge Methodist Church in Concord, and St. John Vianney in Mentor came together to aid in this effort. After that project was completed the three churches decided that we could better serve the community if we continued to work together.  We then rented a small business unit (1,100 sq’) and began what we called the Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank.  St Noel’s had a 15’ box truck so it made collecting furniture much easier and efficient.  We continued in this mode for almost five years and the space was so small all the sofas were stacked on end and it was almost impossible for our clients to pick out what they needed.  Over the course of these five years St. Noel’s had to drop out, then Hope Ridge, and this left the volunteers from St. John Vianney running the operation.  In 2011 the Furniture Bank moved into a 3,600 square feet warehouse on East Ave in Mentor and this has now been expanded to 6,000 square feet.   In 2014 the Furniture Bank became an agency of United Way of Lake County. We have grown from serving about 400 families a year with furniture to now we serve over 1,000 families each year and we continue to grow.