Houses into Homes
Did You Know?
Did you know there are families in our community living in empty homes without beds or furniture? Houses into Homes is a nonprofit that provides beds, furniture, and household items to those in need in Johnson County. Most of these households have recently found housing after a crisis situation such as homelessness or domestic violence.
Houses Into Homes was formed after learning that students struggling to focus were tired and sore because they didn’t have a bed to sleep on so it started with collecting and delivering mattresses and box springs. Making these deliveries uncovered the reality that many of these homes were empty after a family starts over. The operation quickly expanded to furniture, dishes, pots and pans, linens, pillows, art, and toys, games and books for kids—the basics plus the little touches that make a comfortable and joyful home.
Beds given to more than 784 households
Individuals impacted including 1,439 children
“You feel like a human being, being able to go and lay in your bed, sit on your couch, sit at the table and eat your food, even having dishes to eat your food. It doesn’t seem like something when it’s something you’re used to having all your life. It doesn’t seem like a big deal that you have a plate or that you have a bowl or cups or anything, but when you look around and you don’t have those things and you don’t have the means to get those things, it’s like top priority. It’s the only thing you think about because you’re walking around your safe place and it’s not feeling so warm and safe”
— Donation Recipient
“What I enjoy the most is my kitchen table. It’s really nice and I love it. It’s my favorite because it gives us a moment where we can sit down and eat as a family, talk over things that happened in a day. It gives me relaxation. It’s where everyone comes to meet up and as long as we have something to sit on, it makes it more comfortable.”