At Digs with Dignity, our mission is to elevate the lives of those transitioning from homelessness by filling their houses with everything that makes a comfortable, dignified home. As a 501(c)(3), Digs with Dignity partners with Chicago-based social service agencies to identify those in need and utilizes a warehouse of donated and refurbished furniture and home goods to outfit homes. We work with a variety of individuals and families that may include domestic abuse victims, veterans, those who have experienced a sudden job loss or those dealing with extreme health situations.
Digs with Dignity is here to support those individuals and families who may be coming from a shelter, on the street, or living doubled up with family or friends. These families may not have any furniture or the bare necessities even if they do have a space to call their own. The fact is, most of us are closer to homelessness than you may think. According to a 2019 report from Prosperity Now, millions of Americans are one missed paycheck away from poverty. The report states that 40% of American households don’t have enough money put away to make ends meet should their income be suddenly interrupted. That figure increases to 57% for households of color.
In addition to helping the Chicago community, we are committed to zero waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of furniture and furnishings taken to a landfill rose almost 30% in recent years going from 7.6 to 9.69 million tons per year, and the rate of increase is accelerating. Every piece of furniture, knick knack, linen and kitchen accessory that comes to us as a donation is either put into a home as-is, or is repaired, up-cycled, and refurbished (by our amazing in-house woodworker and “repair-anything man”) for a home. We are dedicated to reducing the amount of used furniture that ends up in landfills by repurposing it for good.