Better living through experience Ngaripue has always wanted to study economics at the university level and she used Furniture Bank as a springboard towards reaching that goal. As both a volunteer and a client, she quickly became acclimatized to the kind of work we do and approached her position with a warm smile and friendly disposition. Ngaripue is now living in the east end of Toronto and hoping to put her past retail experience to work as she looks for a job that will help her save up for school. In the meantime, she is working toward securing both a work permit and a study permit, and drawing upon the work skills that she developed at Furniture Bank. Regardless of what our volunteers’ long term goals are, there is opportunity at Furniture Bank to be had for people of all interests and experience levels.
Creating Circular Economy The relationship between IKEA and Furniture Bank started with a meeting between Melissa Barbosa (IKEA) and charity partner Annalee