BRISTOL - For Goodness Sake was awarded a grant for $11,562 from the Broad View Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to support a strategic planning process for growing the organization.
For Goodness Sake is a Bristol-based nonprofit that partners with local service agencies to help people who may be formerly homeless, escaping a domestic violence situation or rebuilding a life after a fire, said Kendra Morales, president of the nonprofit.
The agency works as a furniture bank to individuals and families making the transition to independent living at no cost to them and helps clients furnish their home in a way that’s comfortable, she said. It receives referrals from the local agencies it partners with, and if the referral meets the qualifications, a shopping date is scheduled, she added.
“They have a list of needs and they shop in the warehouse and can pick out anything they might need to start their new home. We then deliver it all to them that day,” Morales said.
The nonprofit is 100 percent volunteer driven, she said, and is open Saturdays and Sundays. On average, the organization helps about eight families a weekend, has about 20 volunteers a weekend, and has helped roughly 760 families since it was founded.
Because the organization needs “outside strategic planning” since it has “been home-grown up until now,” the grant will be used to hire an outside strategic consulting firm, Morales said.
For Goodness Sake is interviewing consulting firms that can figure out how to expand the nonprofit into different geographical areas, become more efficient and help more families, Morales said.
The Broad View Fund is a donor-advised fund that was established in 2016 by Bristol residents Bob Alim, Bob Boudreau and Kevin Prior, collectively known as BBK. The fund supports charitable organizations at the recommendation of the donors.
“This year we chose to support For Goodness Sake and help take this organization to the next level,” Boudreau said in a press release. “The work they do is not only unique but vital.”
“The support in the local communities has been remarkable and I know we can do this within Bristol. The volunteers that have stepped up and the hours they have helped, I know it can be done,” Morales said. “It’s exciting to see what’s going to come next to help homelessness and get people off the streets.”
For more information on The Broad View Fund or the Main Street Community Foundation, call 860-583-6363 or visit mainstreetfoundation.org.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-973-5088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.