One non-profit helping those struggling to get back on their feet after a traumatic event is in need of your help.
It’s called S.O.F.A. which means Service, Outreach, Furniture and Acadiana.
Jan Hamilton, president and project director of S.O.F.A. “Imagine living in a house or an apartment with nothing, but the floors under your feet and the roof over your head it’s better than sleeping outside, but not much.”
That’s the reality for many in Lafayette Parish who are just trying to get back on their feet. A mother of five who wishes to stay anonymous says, “With my situation, I’m disabled. I can’t work so with that organization I mean it’s just helpful. I have a king size bed sleeps very comfortable, a huge kitchen table and mattress for my kids twin beds.”
She refers to S.O.F.A as a blessing and that’s exactly why some people and businesses, like WWC Furniture and Mattress Center continue donating.
Larry Thibodeaux is the owner and general manager of WWC and says, “What happens is a customer will come in and buy new furniture but the furniture that they have is still good and usable so they need a place to put it.”
Then WCC gives them a brochure. Sometimes the store donates brand new furniture.
Thibodeaux says, “Occasionally you’ll have things come in from the factory that are just not quite right so whenever that happens we’ll get credit from them, we’ll call sofa.”
With the need growing especially with recent house fires, SOFA is worries donations aren’t keeping up. That’s why they need you.
Hamilton says “What we have now will maybe fill the needs we have right now, but when we get the first phone call from the fire victims that happens three to four weeks after when they’ve gotten a place to live.”
They’re also looking volunteers to help out in various ways.
Contact S.O.F.A at 337-451-0226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most needed items include: mattresses of all sizes, bed frames, chest of drawers, dining/breakfast tables and chairs, living room furniture like sofas, end tables, lamps and loves seats.