You may have put together a security deposit and first month’s rent for an apartment here in Dane County, and that wasn’t easy. Maybe now you find yourself and family members in a few empty rooms. If you are without resources to obtain some basic, needed pieces of furniture, we can help.
We operate local thrift stores in part to be able to provide basic-needs items, including furniture, free to people experiencing hard times — especially to people transitioning from homelessness into housing. Furniture is provided from our thrift-store inventory; you’ll need a voucher issued by one of St. Vincent de Paul member groups around the county in order to receive free furniture from us. If you request this assistance, a pair of our members will arrange to visit you in your home.
The furniture voucher application process usually begins at our Service Center (2033 Fish Hatchery Road in Madison). We ask those requesting this assistance for a photo ID and proof of address. Applications are then sent to the St. Vincent de Paul members who will schedule a home visit. It is during these visits that furniture vouchers are issued to eligible persons. Most furniture vouchers (except those in outlying areas of the county) are fulfilled at our Dig & Save Outlet store, 1900 S. Park St. in Madison. Those using a furniture voucher for Dig & Save must call the store at (608) 250-6370 to schedule an appointment to pick up their items. (We do not deliver.)
To begin the process of requesting a voucher for furniture, bedding, linens or housewares, please contact us at our Service Center by calling (608) 257-0919.
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