The Green Chair Project: Changing Lives in the Triangle

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Last year Sheila, Tommy and their three kids were living in a hotel. Today, home for the family is a fully furnished apartment in Southeast Raleigh.

The Realtor Foundation of Wake County has partnered with The Green Chair Project and Family Promise. Family Promise’s mission is to transform the lives of families experiencing temporary homelessness by helping them find support services and safe, affordable and permanent housing in our community.


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“Our company’s sponsorship provided furnishings for a three-bedroom apartment for a formerly homeless family. We selected furniture, art and lamps as well as sheets, towels and comforters. The Green Chair movers brought them all to the apartment where we then made beds, unpacked kitchen supplies and hung artwork. With a little elbow grease and cleaning supplies we were able to transform an entire apartment into a warm cozy home!” said Laura Martin, Owner and Counsel of Magnolia Title Company, LLC and volunteer with The REALTOR Foundation of Wake County, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation. The foundation is one of 55 agencies that partners with The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project was launched in 2010 by Beth Smoot and Jackie Craig who did real estate home staging in the Triangle and consistently found that homeowners had too much stuff in their houses – stuff they didn’t want to go to waste but no longer had a need for.

Green Chair picks up the furniture from the homeowner. It’s cleaned and repaired by volunteers and are presented in a way that promotes dignity and respect. For a small fee, families working with case managers from partnering agencies can select furniture, linens, cookware and accessories to outfit their new homes.


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The work of The Green Chair hit home with Martin who was raised in California by a single mother. “We were on food stamps. I remember not having anything to sleep on but a mat. I know what it’s like to come home to a bare apartment,” said Martin.

“A bed, a table and chairs and some furnishings can be converted into a very comfy apartment.”


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Bob Friedman

Robert "Bob" Friedman is the publisher of Attorney at Law Magazine North Carolina Triangle. He contributes articles and interviews to each issue.

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