We are amazed by the many ways you support us. You donate financially, either by check or credit card; you sponsor and attend events; you donate goods; you give generously of your time. Mission of Deeds is grateful for all the ways you help.
From a financial viewpoint, our monthly giving program is the easiest way to provide steady support for the ongoing work of Mission of Deeds. By giving monthly, you can spread your gift out throughout the year, and make an even bigger impact in helping our clients. With just $15 a month, over the course of a year you are giving a complete bed set to a child in need.
There are other ways to support our work that you may not have realized. Mission of Deeds gratefully accepts gifts in these forms:
Whatever way you support us, please know that you make a huge difference in the lives of those in need.
Client Testimonials, In their Own Words
From the mother of a client:
“…you helped my son, by providing furniture and household items for his wife’s new apartment. All of us are so grateful for your help in the situation we’ve found ourselves in. Thank you so much for all the good deeds you do and the help you offer so generously to those in need.”
A formerly homeless family:
“Angels on earth. They’re very nice people. They gave us a lot of furniture and miscellaneous items that we need for the apartment that … the homeless shelter people helped us get.”
A young woman starting over:
“You’re hope and kindness in one place. Thanks to you for my new beginnings.”
From a client, several years after receiving our help:
“I have a job, my life is coming together, thank you.”
A caseworker for a refugee family we helped wrote:
“Being treated with respect and compassion, I saw dignity and hope restored in the faces of these weary parents and smiles from the children.”
A single mother with four children, escaping domestic violence, wrote:
“I would like to say thank you so much for all the wonderful stuff you gave me for my house. You all
were so nice and helpful, everything I needed you gave. I am so grateful, I don’t think you’ll ever know how much these meant to me, my kids love all the stuff, and they thank you all too. Its people like you that know how to make a family in need smile. Your helping has helped me out so much. Again, thank you all so very much.”
A Hand Along the Way Remembered
As much as possible, Mission of Deeds does business with local merchants. Sometimes, however, we need to deal with major corporations. A representative of such a company came to our office recently. The person said how nice it was to see that we were busy and able to service lots of clients.
“Thank you for the good wishes,” we said. “How do you know so much about us?” He responded, “Because you gave me a truckload of furniture many years ago.”
This reminds us of a similar story a while back. An employee of MOD was leaving a bank, when an individual said, “Hello, I think I know you. You gave me furniture last year.”
“Glad to see you. How is it going?” the employee asked, to which the individual responded, “Things are great. I am working now, which is where I am headed.”
Nothing thrills us more than to see our clients doing well.
Beds, The Supply Chain, and Inflation
By Brian Quinn Mission of Deeds Client Services Manager
Bottlenecks in the supply chain, materials shortages, and price increases have become regular headlines. When any of us buy furniture or appliances for our homes or even a car, those headlines become our reality. The same happens at Mission of Deeds.
Beds have always been the core of our service to those in need. We have expanded from providing twin beds to full, queen, and bunk beds, always shopping for the best prices. Since COVID, cost increases have, unfortunately, caught up with us for the same reasons as the rest of the world.
Our long-time supplier never reopened after its early 2020 shutdown. Fortunately, another discount supplier was available, but their wholesale prices were more to begin with and have gone up a couple of times, resulting in costs much higher than we paid pre-COVID. Still, even after extensive research, these are the best prices we can find.
No matter what cost increases we face, our clients experience financial pressures much worse. Tony Triglione started Mission of Deeds so children and adults leaving homelessness would have warm, comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep. We will never waiver from that objective.
FROM AFGHANISTAN TO AMERICA
The Mission of Deeds Connection
Many events in the headlines cause Mission of Deeds to become involved. For example, when a fire or flood in a nearby community or a conflagration in a faraway part of the world causes people to resettle, Mission of Deeds is often called upon to help.
We have a longstanding connection with Afghan families. At least one received our help over twenty years ago when the Taliban was first in power. We serviced several during this summer. Now, Mission of Deeds has begun giving beds, furniture, and housewares to increasing numbers of Afghan families being resettled due to the most recent upheaval.
One family already had a daughter living in Greater Boston. The rest of the family had not seen her since she came to the US and had never held her child. When this daughter talked to her sister as the family was leaving Kabul, she heard gunfire in the background. They arrived in the US safely and, by the time you read this, will be settled in a comfortable apartment, with some items from MOD, including new beds and bed linens for all family members.
This family is being welcomed to Massachusetts by Reading POWIR,an extraordinary team of community volunteers who have arranged to house and handle many other aspects of the family’s arrival. Mission of Deeds is honored to play a part.
Whether people in need have lived here their whole lives or are just arriving, Mission of Deeds provides the furnishings for a comfortable home from which children and adults alike can pursue their dreams.
Why We Give to Mission of Deeds
A little over twenty years ago, I was a stay- at-home mom looking for some way to give back. I happened to see an ad for the Mission of Deeds in the local paper. That week I went in to see Bruce, who told me I was welcome to join him on Saturdays. When my girls reached school age, I switched to weekdays. However, before that happened, Bruce and I would be joined by various church groups weekly. We would help the clients pick out what furniture they needed, deliver it to their apartment, and help set it up for them.
One memorable trip happened in the first few months that I was volunteering. We arrived at an apartment, and when I went to the kids’ room, there were sleeping bags on the floor. Unfortunately, this was not a new apartment; they had been living there for
a while. I will never forget how excited the boys were when we finished setting up their room. It was now fully dressed with beds and furniture. They were genuinely overjoyed and so appreciative. Every person should be able to sleep in a warm and cozy bed, especially
children. How many of us count our beds when we are counting our blessings?
My husband and I are happy to know that the money we donate goes directly to helping people in this area. I have seen firsthand the transformation of both the apartments and the clients’ lives. We feel blessed to be a part of the Mission of Deeds as they continue to transform lives.
Lori & John Grayson