This Month’s Update
A big THANK YOU to the Sioux Empire United Way for their support of the Furniture Mission. The financial support we receive from them is truly a blessing to our mission. We are so grateful for the wonderful people in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities who make this happen by contributing to the Sioux Empire United Way.
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For the third year running we present MISSION to MISSION!
The Furniture Mission is teaming up with Mission Nutrition for Sleep Tight Sioux Falls! Stop into Mission Nutrition during the month of November for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner!
Owner’s Jeremy & Sarah Wambach are whipping up Special Shakes for the month of November to raise awareness for the Furniture Mission! Funding from each shake goes directly back to support the Furniture Mission to help put children in beds!
Come out and support this wonderful cause and try the healthy and amazing shakes that Mission Nutrition has to offer and learn more about the Furniture Mission! Mission Nutrition is located at 3400 W. 49th St!
You are invited to our Open House on Monday, January 13th from 2PM – 6PM at 209 N Nesmith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.
Stop by to tour our space, meet our volunteers and learn more about how you can get involved at the Furniture Mission. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ladies Night Out will be hosted at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Mark your Calendars for April 10. 2020. Ticket announcements coming soon!
Golf Tournament 2020
Spring Creek Golf Course. June 24, 2020. More information to come!
Along with delivering furniture, we offer other volunteer opportunities. Here are a few that might interest you!
1. Office worker: Answer phones and help clients who come to the Furniture Mission.
2. Truck Driver: Drive trucks to pick up donated furniture, or deliver furniture to families in need.
3. Linen Room: Sort, organize, and fold donated linens that are given out to clients.
4. Message in a Bible: write a message of encouragement to our clients
5. Welcome Home Baskets: collect and put together welcome home basket items.
Do you work for a company that gives you paid time to volunteer?
We are looking for business groups that would be interested in sending us their staff for a few hours at a time to help us meet the needs of families we serve! If this sounds like a good fit for you or your company- Contact Ashley Thuringer @ 605-977-6800.
We encourage all of our supporters to remember the Furniture Mission as you draft your Last Will and Testament or your Revocable Living Trust. To leave a bequest in you Will or Trust, simply share the information below with your financial planner or your estate planning attorney.
“I bequeath $______ or _____% of my estate to The Furniture Mission of South Dakota ;209 N. Nesmith Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.”
A Note from the Director…
Hello Furniture Mission Friends and Family!
The holidays are some of the best times to make memories and enjoy the little moments with our families and friends. However, for others, it can be a quick and cold walk down memory lane of heartache and yearning for loved ones lost. It had me thinking: what is in a memory?
Is it a smell, a glimpse or a flashback of the moment, or a specific place that brings you back to better days? So many of my memories are triggered by all three of these things. At the Furniture Mission, I have found that we are collectors of memories. Except as the memories or donations are captured, we hold them tightly for only a moment until they are on to their next adventure.
I recently helped a furniture donor who had to part with a living room chair, but this was not just your typical chair. She had recently lost her father, and this was his “spot”. We all have those, right? That place in our home that we claim, and it’s an unspoken rule that no one else will sit there because it belongs to you. Well, this encounter gave me this incredible vision of who this man was, and the thought of his routine as a father, grandfather and friend. It was a vivid image of morning coffee and the newspaper, afternoon naps, and an evening of news shows and peanuts. What I was really envisioning was his legacy and the reality of how grateful I was to be a part of it.
You see, as you walk through the Furniture Mission, a chair is no longer a chair. It had a life before it came to us, and we are honored to give it new life when it leaves. A few days later I watched that chair make its exit with its new family. I felt the donor’s hug and was overcome with joy to see that it was going to a mother with young children. I stood watching her showing patience with each of her children, and I thought about the bedtime stories that were going to be read in that chair, the tears that would be rocked away, and all the little moments that were gifted from one man’s legacy.
When I became a part of the Furniture Mission family, I didn’t see it the way that I see it now, and it’s important for me to share this with all of you. The definition of a legacy is to be remembered for what YOU want to be remembered for. Whether you do that with the donation of your household furniture or financially, we are truly grateful.
“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Happy Holidays & Many Blessings,
Janean Michalov, Executive Director
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