The Home Again project
With your help, we can make a house a home.
The Home Again Program is a unique opportunity for volunteer groups, including schools, businesses, faith communities or just a group of family and friends, to work with Journey's End to make a house a warm, welcoming home for a newly-arriving refugee family. Refugee families arrive with little to no resources for establishing households during their first few months of resettlement. Journey's End relies heavily on donations from the community to provide these families with essential home furnishings, such as tables, couches, dressers, dishes, etc., and other household items like toiletries and cleaning supplies.
When a committed group of volunteers collaborate to organize a Home Again, barren apartments are transformed into cozy homes for newly-arrived refugee families, bringing a sense of security to families that have so little to start their new lives in Buffalo.
Volunteer groups doing a Home Again are given a list of essential items and requested extras for setting up an apartment and then several months to gather items. On a day agreed upon by Journey's End and the volunteer group, a representative from Journey's End will meet with the group at the apartment to clean and set up. This process usually takes to four to five hours. Due to the unpredictable nature of refugee arrivals, flexibility as well as great organizational skills are key to a successful Home Again!
Doing a Home Again is a great way to build community, put your values into practice, learn about Buffalo's newest residents, and benefit both the arriving family and Buffalo for years to come. We are here to guide you every step of the way, and are happy to come out and address your group and answer any questions you may have. Contact the Community Outreach Department for more information.