Find is a social enterprise with two goals: providing essential furnishings free of charge to individuals and families who are moving out of homelessness, and supplying low-cost, quality furniture and housewares for sale to the public.
The start-up cost for anyone moving into their first home is expensive, so imagine the challenges for someone moving out of homelessness. It can be a barrier for someone securing sustainable housing.
People in the Housing First program come to Find to pick out their own furniture at no cost. From kitchenware to living room sets, donations provided by you help people transform their house into their home.
Find has two locations:
Find South Retail + Donation Centre: Drop off your donation and shop for furniture and housewares at our south location.
Find Boutique: Located on Jasper Avenue, our new store is home to unique decor and giftware.
Your purchases help support Find in furnishing homes for those in need.
Find is also a haven for urban treasure hunters!
Only high quality and gently-used furniture, housewares, and decor are accepted. Whether you’re furnishing your first home or looking for a unique do-it-yourself project, you know the items you’ll get at find are clean, high quality and unique. Plus, sales proceeds go directly back into our community.
Soft furniture, such as sofas, is professionally steam cleaned and all furniture is inspected for pests before being placed on the retail floor. This ensures that clients and customers alike can shop worry-free.
The expense of furnishing a home can be a barrier to safe, stable housing. For this reason, Homeward Trust created Find. A social enterprise that initially started as “The Furniture Bank” in 2009, it is now considered one of Edmonton's best and most creative used furniture and accessory stores.
Find is a social enterprise that initially started as “The Furniture Bank” in 2009, when the Housing First program was first introduced.
The development of the province’s and Edmonton’s plans to end homelessness identified access to affordable furniture as a key component in housing sustainability.
We started collecting furniture donations to provide to Housing First participants.
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services (EERS) and Alberta Job Corps provided spaces but as we grew, so did the opportunity to provide affordable quality furniture to the public for sale, with proceeds being reinvested back into housing programs.
In 2010, a retail location was secured and Find was born.
In 2011, Find opened its first location in a former grocery store in the Landsdowne neighbourhood.
In 2017, Find opened its second location - Find on Jasper Boutique.
We now have over 22,000 square feet of retail space for people to shop, for Housing First participants to select gently-used items for their residences, and for thorough inspection of each piece of donated furniture.