PLYMOUTH >> Whether it’s a five-drawer piece of Americana crafted out of oak or a vintage highboy found at an antique shop, most of us never give much thought to the humble bedroom dresser where we stash our socks and sweaters.
But imagine doing without such a simple storage solution for the essentials of daily living.
When the employee volunteers of The Goldenberg Group’s People Helping People Foundation were out renovating the Stenton Family Manor shelter for homeless families last year, that’s the situation they encountered, with many of the residents storing their clothing and other possessions in large trash bags.
“When we were doing that renovation we had a huge participation from the residents at Stenton, and all of the dads, a lot of the moms and a lot of the teens were out with us painting and weeding,” recalled Ellen Lissy Rosenberg, vice president of development and civic engagement for The Goldenberg Group. “The residents talked about the challenges and obstacles of being there, and one of the things was wanting to establish some sense of order for their kids, even though everything has been turned upside down. We saw that they were trying to establish order and yet they were living out of trash bags in a lot of the rooms.”