Concordia partners with nonprofit to donate dorm furniture

Julie Dickinson has a stack of photos showing off different rooms in various homes, all of which feature one common item – a twin bed, each one draped in colorful sheets, complete with a comforter and matching pillows. To some, the images might not mean much, but to Dickinson and her staff, who are on a mission to end homelessness in Chicago, the pictures spotlight their work and a recent partnership that helped them meet their end goal.

Dickinson is the director of the Chicago branch of Humble Design, a nonprofit with locations across the country that furnishes homes for families and veterans emerging from homelessness – and those twin beds in the photos are from Concordia University Chicago. In fact, they’re just some of the hundreds of pieces of furniture donated to Humble Design from university dorm Gross Hall, which was demolished in April. Humble Design staff and volunteers collected about 100 small dressers and dozens of desks, chairs and mattresses in late March before the 50-plus-year-old building was torn down.

“It’s nice when something happens like [this],” Dickinson said. “For a long time, we’re not having to think about dressers and where we’re going to find our next one.”


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