We are blessed to be part of a generous, loving community! Since our founding, an important part of our ministry has included helping our guests with starter items for what may be the first home of their own. Over the years, a section of our basement grew to off-site storage areas and what staff and volunteers lovingly called our “giveaway center,” occupying several rooms at SS Peter & Paul Church. In early 2019, a group of dedicated volunteers helped us move this center to buildings on Ring and Burnham Streets in Saginaw. Soon after this move, we decided it was time to give the growing ministry a name. The image of a mother bird feathering its nest was often in our minds because just as a mother bird selects the right elements to make its nest a warm, inviting home, so do our NEST volunteers.
NEST: Neighbors Enabling Success Together
This small but “always there” part of our ministry has evolved into an ongoing collaboration with all of our Partners our Move Team collaborates to operate our NEST Center on Ring Street and they help an average of 10 families each month – former Mustard Seed guests and others in the community – transition from homeless to housed.
The NEST Center serves as a showroom where those planning to move to a new home can browse smaller household items such as linens, dishes, kitchen equipment and cleaning supplies. We are also blessed to have two large warehouses for display and storage of furniture and appliances, plus storage in two 40-foot shipping containers. This once-tiny part of our ministry has grown to a nearly full-time operation. In 2021 Partnership Center helped 187 families (who have 251 children living with them!) with household goods & furniture. This has grown to OVER 350 Families helped in 2022 !
Our Quality Standard
Not sure if you should donate an item? First ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving it to a friend or family member.
We are truly grateful for every donation. After prayerful consideration, in 2019 the board of directors (then under the Mustard Seed) decided to increase our ability to accept and store donated items. But we have also prioritized needs and set criteria so we are making the best use of available resources. We do not have space to accept every single item, so when possible, we may connect with others such as the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Underground Railroad Resale, Bethesda Thrift Shop and other local organizations.
We do NOT take the following items (for various reasons):
We have ongoing needs for new and gently used furniture and household items (see detailed lists on this page).
RIGHT NOW THESE ITEMS ARE BADLY NEEDED:
There is no fee for pickups but donations to help offset expenses such as rent, utilities and insurance, are always appreciated. There are expenses associated with this expansion of our services, including rent, utilities and insurance. We rely on volunteers to use their vehicles for pickups and to help with moving families.
FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
KITCHEN AND BATH ESSENTIALS
LINENS AND SOFT GOODS
Our NEST Program does not accept clothing donations ALONE. We will pass on any clothing donations to other organizations that come WITH your household and furniture donations. We often share with Mustard Seed Womens Shelter, Emmaus House, Underground Railroad and other local shelters or programs that serve women and children.
Contact us about current needs and collection opportunities. Some ideas for groups:
Generally, Wednesdays are our furniture and household pick up days, but other arrangements may be able to be scheduled. Please fill out the form below and send it to us and we will get in touch with you. We do NOT charge for pickups....but are grateful for any financial donations.