Philanthropy | Mission Of Deeds
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Whether you are an individual, a family, a foundation, or a corporation, the Mission of Deeds is committed to making your philanthropic endeavors with us effective and personally rewarding.
We believe philanthropy initiatives make a connection between you and our cause of helping people in need. This inspires all of us to work together to strengthen our communities by helping people that need assistance to survive and do better.
Nonprofits like Mission of Deeds work hard to help over 90 local communities by improving the quality of life of individuals and families in need. We aspire to make the world a better place, one family at a time. Every donation to MOD supports a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has a strong sense of responsibility to our clients and the communities.
We welcome the expertise and compassion of philanthropists who understand the plight of our clients and want to enable us to help even more people by donating funds to maximize the positive impact we provide.
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The Mission of Deeds (MOD) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization located in Reading, MA that provides beds, furniture, and essential household items, free of charge to those in need. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our Tax ID number is 22-3252651.
Communities We Serve
We help people living in over 90 cities and towns, consisting of more than 115 separate communities. We serve all of Essex and Middlesex Counties, and the Suffolk County communities of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, Massachusetts.
What We Do
We help families and individuals who are moving out of shelters and into permanent homes or are already living in affordable housing but have barely enough income to pay for food and rent.
Our clients are people of all ages, from diverse races, ethnicities, religions, and genders. They are vulnerable and struggling individuals or families with children including those who were recently homeless, or in a shelter, fleeing domestic violence, displaced veterans, refugees, the elderly or those living with a disability.
Why We Do It
We truly believe that a properly furnished permanent home leads to increased opportunities. Families and individuals with this advantage can secure better employment, provide a better living environment for their children and eventually become economically self-sufficient. They can access other community-based services designed for their needs and achieve a level of stability that allows them to retain their housing. Each family permanently housed brings us closer to ending homelessness.
— The Urban Institute, Urban Wire: Children, September 9, 2015 (1)
Mission of Deeds is working to break the cycle of poverty by providing the beds, furniture, and household goods to families in need when they move out of shelters and into permanent housing. We also provide this service to vulnerable families and individuals who are struggling to remain in the housing they have secured.
Providing basic home necessities to families and individuals has an immediate and positive impact on their lives. With a lamp to see and a couch to cuddle on, parents can comfortably read to their children. If pots and dishes are owned, a healthy meal may be cooked. If there is a kitchen table, a family can gather for a meal, discussion or celebration. With a bed to sleep in, people will rise rested – adults better able to deal with work, illness, parenting, and children ready to learn.
We collaborate with nearly (500) five hundred social service agencies, housing authorities, religious organizations, schools and hospitals in Massachusetts that recognize our program is a vital resource for families and individuals who are moving out of shelters and into permanent housing or are struggling to remain in their homes and their neighborhoods.
These referral agencies refer clients to the Mission of Deeds after determining the client has a true need and is unable to provide the items requested on their own. Working with agencies in the community ensures we are helping those that are most in need and that the process proceeds smoothly. Our service is Free for both the referral agency and the client.
The Mission of Deeds was founded as a volunteer organization, based on the philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors. We are still primarily staffed by over 100 dedicated volunteers who come to us weekly, plus 400 more who come on a less regular basis. We work with many community groups that collect donations, volunteer time, or hold fundraisers.
Your Investment Goes a Long Way
- 85% of all donations provide direct client support
- 7% is used for fundraising
- 8% only goes to administration
We have a diverse income base, with over 1,400 individuals who support us financially and more than 35 foundations, trusts, and corporations who invest in our mission. Our grant support ranges from a 10 year $300,000 sustaining grant to one-time private grants of $1,000. We appreciate every dollar we receive (in any amount) and use the funds wisely.
Measures of Success
Our goals are simple
- Everyone we help receives the beds, furniture, and household goods they need to make their home livable and functional, so they can achieve a level of stability that will enable them to retain their housing.
- Everyone we help is treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.
MOD uses a management database to track and monitor the number of clients served – and the number of beds, furniture, and household goods distributed. Monthly reports are run to review the data and ensure we are meeting our goals. Our results are shared with our board members, publicized in our annual newsletter and on our website, and are communicated to funders.
In addition, we continually receive letters of deep thanks from clients and caseworkers. Here is an example of a letter we received from a caseworker,
“From the moment your client services coordinator ushered my client and me into the conference room for his interview we were treated with kindness, extreme compassion, dignity and a sincere desire to give him a home he never could have achieved on his own.”
When our founder, Tony Triglione, started the Mission of Deeds, he repeatedly said that one of his main purposes was to “get people off the floor.” Tony was referring to the fact that so many clients have no beds and are often sleeping on the floor before they come to us. The Mission of Deeds acted and launched our Buy-a-Bed Program – a bed for every body.
Although most of the furniture we give our clients is donated, due to hygiene and safety concerns, we do not accept donations of used mattresses, box springs, pillows, cribs, or bunk beds. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to obtain donations of these items at no cost from retailers or manufacturers.
However, after much research and arrangements with carefully chosen vendors, we purchase them at the best possible price. We are dedicated to ensuring all our clients have a safe, comfortable place to sleep. We give our clients everything needed for a complete bed: mattress, box spring, frame (twin/full/queen, crib or bunk bed), sheets, pillows, and blankets.
Our Kitchen Essentials Program ensures that our clients have what they need to cook at home, eat a nutritious meal, and save money. We prefer to rely on donations for essential items such as pots, frying pans, roasting pans, cookie sheets, measuring cups/spoons, mixing spoons, spatulas, and toasters, but when donations fall short we purchase them to meet our clients’ needs.
There are many grocery resources for low-income families and individuals, such as food pantries and government programs. There are also many organizations providing information about cooking on a budget, such as Eat Right by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Food Network writes,
However, without the necessary kitchen tools, cooking at home will not be possible. We give our clients the basic kitchen items they need to make a home-cooked meal, a much less expensive option than eating out or purchasing pre-cooked meals.
Related Articles, Citations
1: Ratcliffe, Caroline. “What Affects the Future Success of Poor Children?” Urban Institute, 9 Sept. 2015, www.urban.org/urban-wire/what-affects-future-success-poor-children.
2: “10 Healthy Dinners for About $10.” FoodNetwork.com, Food Network Kitchens, 2019, www.foodnetwork.com/healthy/photos/10-healthy-dinners-for-about-10.