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  • Posted May 25, 2008 by Julia Gotz Viewed 10200 times
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I had a good time at the furniture bank. The storage areas are a visual buffet - so many treasures from different eras. I love the sights, sounds and smells of a workshop. Meeting the really friendly, funny welcoming people who staff the furniture bank was a pleasure. Watching Bradley steadily working away solving each repair puzzle - I enjoyed that very much. He loves it when he opens up the drawer of a very old cabinet and finds a newspaper clipping or a tiny object left behind. I think for him, every piece of furniture is whispering stories.

Bradley [] is committed to the concept of volunteering, and he seeks to pass this value on to his children as well. Values in action - admirable.

Bradley Foster volunteers two mornings a week repairing furniture and equipment at Furniture Bank [].

He takes items of damaged furniture that have been donated to the furniture bank and he clamps, nails, glues, saws and sands them whole again.

It's not like he doesn't have plenty of other things to be doing. Bradley is a writer, an executive coach [] and a parent (and more besides). He makes the time.

Bradley loves solving problems. Each item of furniture is another challenge, and he enjoys himself.

part of the enjoyment is the large workshop and the powerful table saw.

John Warden runs the workshop. He's been there a long time.

Bear does the intake for clients who need furniture. “Our clients are individuals and families who are leaving shelters or hostels, are refugee claimants, or are otherwise homeless. They are referred to us by over 150 registered agencies in the city.” FB []

The volunteer coordinater is in part of the showroom where clients select furniture.

executive director Peter Prior.

John at the door of the shipping area.

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      2008.05.26 Edited

      What a great post... you did such a wonderful job and I love the telling of this story! Once I settle into a better routine (as best I can anyway) at work, I am looking at doing some volunteering, possibly on evenings and weekends!!

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      2008.05.24 Edited

      Great portrairs; great story...thanks so much for putting this together...thanks to your subjects for the work they do and for allowing you to capture them doing it.

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      2008.05.24 Edited

      they are great examples we should follow. I have been trying to encourage my friends and colleagues to do social works too...

      wonderful post!

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      2008.05.24 Edited

      Really great reportage.
      The portraits are really great, especially the first one, with all these lines leading to the feet which steps make the world better.
      It is because of men and women such as him that this world still holds together.