Gifts in Kind
About our Mission and Gifts in Kind Donations
GNCH Refugee Resettlement Data
The work of preparing refugee apartments as an implementing partner for Lutheran Social Services, National Capitol Area has become a primary focus for the Good Neighbors Capitol Hill coalition of 8 Capitol Hill congregations, other associated friends and 2 adjunct congregations from Maryland.
Kathy Tobias and Dale Manty, of Lutheran Church of the Reformation, facilitate the apartment operations with members from Capitol Hill Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, Christ Church Episcopal and Hill Havurah (along with associate volunteers). These folks work as a team, coordinating our furnishings operation. recruiting available volunteers as needed. Prior to each, items are gathered, cleaned and refurbished if necessary, then stored until the move in date.
While our primary focus is creating welcoming apartments, other services offered by volunteers include transportation (to health care), helping access social services (including food stamps, clothing, school supplies); education; employment; drivers licenses; tutoring; procuring vehicles and insurance. We often invite and hire refugee client/friends, to assist with pickup and setup of furniture.
GNCH began furnishing apartments during December, 2016. Our pattern has been to furnish one apartment per month, however, in 2020, we managed to furnish twenty. Our 57thapartment was completed on March 2021 and we anticipate another in April. Most apartments have been in MD, 7 in VA (none in DC).
Total number of people housed: 283
Family sizes range from 2 – 10, averaging 5.
All but 2 families have been Special Immigrant Visa holding refugees. (SIVs are from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have become people at risk in their own country because of their service with the United States military or Embassy.)
Take a Look at the Amazing Number of Furnishings We Have Provided: (an estimate from our Furnishings Team Leaders, Dale Manty and Kathryn Tobias)
340 end tables
225 lounge chairs
129 area rugs
330 lamp tables
145 throw pillows
385 decorative pictures
165 wall mirrors
225 waste baskets
340 dining chairs
275 mattress pads
550 rolls of toilet paper
336 light bulbs
165 extension cords
56 basic tool kits
56 irons and ironing boards
56 vacuum cleaners
And so much more! All of this is provided with a commitment to creating a Welcoming Home!
GIK – Gifts in Kind:
Most of the items we collect for the apartments are GIK (Gifts in Kind) for which we can offer the donor a Tax Deductible Receipt. These donated items must be in “Excellent to Good “ condition when collected from donors. We can arrange to pick up most furniture using a van which GNCH purchased in 2020 thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Koster Family Foundation. GNCH is responsible for the insurance and a donor provides for all necessary gasoline.
How You Can Donate
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church – Kitchen supplies
Christ Church Episcopal – Cleaning supplies and Toiletries - (Supplies in bulk are much appreciated.)
Hill Havurah – Fresh Food and Staples (2-3 week supply)
Lutheran Church of the Reformation – Large Furnishings
St. Marks Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic – Bed and Bath linens
While we rely on “gently used” GIK items, we must purchase some new bedding items, some kitchen and cleaning supplies, toiletries, consumables, etc. GNCH budgets approximately $1000 for each apartment. The estimated GIK Value to furnish each apartment is $ 7,000 - $8000. We rely on the generosity of people who are downsizing or choosing to recycle items no longer needed. These GIK donations enable us to create fully furnished new homes for families who arrive with only the few personal items they could carry. Upon receiving the key to a furnished apartment, they discover a welcoming home.