About Our Mission, Changing Lives | Mission of Deeds

About Our Mission

Our Mission has always been about transforming generosity into hope, changing many lives in the process. We help struggling individuals and families in need by improving their quality of life when we provide basic essentials for Free so they can survive and do better.

We depend solely on private donations, “neighbors helping neighbors,” and do not receive any government or United Way funding. You can help immediately by making a tax-deductible donation.

Who We Are: Our Vision

Mission of Deeds (MOD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization located in Reading, MA that provides beds, gently used furniture, and basic household items, free of charge to those in need located in Middlesex and Essex Counties as well as the Suffolk County communities of Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Our Tax ID number is 22-3252651.

Our Vision is to make the world a better place, one family at a time. We continue to have a strong sense of responsibility to our donors, clients, and the community.

We work with Referral Agencies who recommend clients to us and validate their true need for assistance.

Mission of Deeds began with the simple dream of one man and that became our vision: to provide basic home essentials to those in need.

Meet Tony Triglione, our founder, Tony was a successful businessman and a resident of Winchester, Massachusetts, when he founded the Mission of Deeds in 1993. Having grown up poor himself, he was haunted by images of children and their mothers sleeping on floors and eating on milk crates because they could not afford to buy basic items such as beds, tables, and chairs.

Determined to improve the quality of life for these families, Tony founded the Mission of Deeds as a place where people could not only receive new beds and donated household items free of charge but also be treated with kindness, respect, and compassion.

With Tony’s vision as our guide, we look forward to serving the community for many years to come.

Our Leadership Team, Staff and Volunteers

Today’s Leadership team continues to be led by the same team that has grown the organization from our founder’s dream into a substantial charity.

Members of our Board of Directors have extensive experience, many having senior positions in finance in a broad range of industries, and all are extremely active in the community. Their contacts, experience, and generous spirits enable them to effectively oversee the organization’s activities and ensure proper use of funding.

Our small paid staff includes people from a variety of backgrounds – engineering, human services, business, education, and trucking, all are unified by a desire to help those in need. And, before joining the Mission of Deeds as an employee, each staff member was a volunteer for us.

Our amazing volunteers are also driven by MOD’s mission and they are the foundation of the Mission of Deeds. We have over 100 volunteers who are here weekly, plus many more who come occasionally, including a large number of teens performing community service. Follow this link to learn more about our volunteers.

As professionals, the entire team enhances our efficiency and quality of service.

Who We Serve

At the Mission of Deeds, we serve adults and children of all ages. One hundred percent of the households we serve live at or below the federal poverty level and 65% of them have children. All of those we help are in economic situations that prevent them from providing basic household goods on their own. Our clients include veterans, those who were previously homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, displaced Veterans, refugees, the elderly, victims of fire or other tragedies, and those with disabilities.

Today, with the help of our dedicated volunteers and the generous private donations we receive from the community, the Mission of Deeds serves thousands of families and individuals each year.

Take a Virtual Tour of Mission of Deeds and See Our Cohesive Team in Action by Watching Our Video: “Hands on a Mission”.


What We Do: Change Lives with Your Help

Since 1993, people like you have donated furniture and gently used home goods to us. We transform generosity into hope for others. Your financial donations have helped us expand our reach and allowed us to buy kitchen items, mattresses, box springs, pillows, cribs, bunk beds, and bed frames as well as a small number of sheets and blankets to supplement what we receive as donations.

A few times a day a new client walks through our front door and their story begins. Our team of volunteers greet a struggling family or individual and take them through our process to identify how we can make their life better with basic household items. Many of these people are often starting over due to homelessness, fire, tragedy, or other difficult circumstances.

After 27 years, we know that technology might change but unfortunately, the needs of others will always be there. And, so will the Mission of Deeds.

Together with your support, the Mission of Deeds continues Tony’s mission with kindness, respect, and compassion, transforming the lives of those less fortunate and bringing hope when it is most needed.

We always appreciate ongoing support as we do not receive any government or United Way funding. We depend on private contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations.

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Impact of Your Donations*

Your donations have a maximum impact because the Mission of Deeds has an 85% “client’s served” ratio.

Here Are Our Quantitative Program Results:

965 = Number of households furnished in 2019. Since we began in 1993, we have furnished more than 14,000 homes.

15,009 = Total number of items distributed in 2019, including beds, cribs, furniture (tables, chairs, sofas, bureaus, lamps), bags of linens (sheets, towels, pillows, blankets), boxes of kitchen items (dishes, pots, flatware, glasses, toasters), etc.

1,492 = Number of beds and cribs provided in 2019. Many clients are sleeping on the floor before we help them. We provide everything for a complete bed: twin/full/queen mattress, box spring and frame; crib and mattress; pillow, blanket, and sheets.

256 = Number of organizational partners in 2019. Our community partners include social service agencies, religious organizations, schools, and hospitals. They review client needs and make referrals.

*Data from our annual audited financials



Visit our Testimonials page to learn more about our clients’ experiences in their own words working with our small but mighty team.

A homelessness family who was finally able to secure housing wrote:

“To all the volunteers at the Mission of Deeds, we appreciate your time and certainly your patience in helping our family rebuild our lives.”

A client told us several years after receiving our help:

“I have a job, my life is coming together, thank you.”


Check Out Our Newsletter

Learn More About Our Clients and Our Fundraising Activities

For inspirational client stories, highlights of our activities and events that support our vision, please read our latest newsletter online and you can download a PDF file here:

MissionOfDeeds-newsletter-winter-2019 (PDF)

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Clients — Need Help?

If you are a prospective client and need help, or if you know someone who does, please follow the Client Services link to learn more about our process and the simple application. If you have any questions you can email us at info@missionofdeeds.org or call: (781) 944.9797.

Are You a Referral Agency with a Client in Need?

If you are a Referral Agency with a client in need that you believe would benefit from our services, follow the link to read about our caseworker and client guidelines.

You will also find a Client Referral Form (PDF) that you can download and type into the form fields to expedite the referral process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for more answers to your questions, please follow this link to review our FAQs or common questions people have asked us.

You can also find our office hours of operation as well as the hours to drop off donations at our Reading location and where a second drop off location is in Stoneham for leaving linens and small appliances.

If you still don’t find what you need, email us at, info@missionofdeeds.org or call, (781) 944.9797. Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call.

Recognition and Awards

Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants

Recognizing the value and rarity of long-term financial support for nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants provide ongoing funding. The mission of Deeds was awarded a 10-year sustaining grant!

Follow this link to check out the photos and watch a video of Bill Cummings and Chronicle when they visited the Mission of Deeds facility.

One of the largest private foundations in New England, Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $260 million in grants to Greater Boston nonprofits alone. Its giving is concentrated in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties and benefits a broad range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice.



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Learn more about the Mission of Deeds’ impact on GuideStar, transforming generosity into hope, providing beds and furnishings for people in need.

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