Find is a social enterprise that initially started as “The Furniture Bank” in partnership with Edmonton Emergency Relief Services (EERS) and Alberta Job Corps in 2009, when the Housing First program was first introduced and 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.
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 neighborhood with a dedicated space for our partners, Bissell Centre, to accept clothing donations.
In 2011 we were able to furnish a total of 525 homes for Housing First participants and from 2009 - 2012, we furnished over 2200 homes with donations from the community.
Since then, Find continues to grow and change while maintaining our main goal: ending chronic homelessness in Edmonton.
We have seen the success of a pop up boutique location, started an online shopping experience and renovated our space more times than we can count to best support the work we do for Housing First.
Last year, we were able to help over 2500 people move out of homelessness and furnished 1583 homes for participants in the Housing First program.
Today, we are able to furnish 6-10 homes a day and are focused on helping as many people as possible move out of homelessness into a new comfortable safe with donations from the community.
Find would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our success. From our amazing participants who trust us to help them set up their new space to the City of Edmonton, The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada, and all of our incredible community supporters - we can't do this without you! You are the reason that folks are getting a chance to start over in a new, comfortable, safe space.
Whether you are donating, shopping, or advocating for our most vulnerable friends, each and every one of you plays an important part in ending homelessness. It takes a community, and we are so honored to be part of this one here in Edmonton and Treaty 6.
We would normally be celebrating with you all and having a big party to show our love and gratitude to our wonderful community of supporters, but unfortunately, this year our focus is on keeping everyone safe and healthy. Once we are given the a-ok, we will celebrate with you all!
Until then, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for Find and our Housing First participants.
Together, we will end chronic homelessness!