Downsize with a Heart -- A New Kind of Moving Company

A local organization is turning moving into a new home into a way to give back to the community.

When the nonprofit organization, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, looked for ways to diversify their funding sources, they took a close look at the things they did well. One of these, moving furniture, led to the creation of “Downsize with a Heart,” a moving company that's a little different.

With Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists on staff, “Downsize with a Heart” excels in the downsizing, moving, and dispersal of unwanted items. But, those looking to make a more traditional move, with or without downsizing, still see the benefit of moving with “Downsize with a Heart.”

As a program of the Furniture Bank, proceeds from each move are invested into it's mission of providing furniture to central Ohio families in need.

"I loved having my moving expenses contribute to the Furniture Bank," says recent Downsize with a Heart customer, Julie from Hilliard. "They even removed a few pieces from my home to donate to those in need."

Celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year, the Furniture Bank provides over 1000 pieces of furniture to 80 families each week. It relies on donations of gently-used furniture to stock it's Franklinton distribution center where families "shop" for the furniture that meets their needs. This furniture turns an empty house into a home and provides stability for families transitioning out of poverty.

“Downsize with a Heart” helps identify what furniture people want to keep and creates a plan for donating the rest. These donations then go to the Furniture Bank. They can also assist with packing and unpacking as well as overseeing and completing all move logistics. Services are provided a la carte to provide as much, or as little help moving, as needed.

"Downsizing and moving can be very overwhelming and emotional," says Dotsy Griffith, Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist with ‘Downsize with a Heart’. "This can prevent some people from actually selling their home. We are available to help them through the process."

For more information about “Downsize with a Heart” or to refer someone for a free consultation, check out DownsizeWithAHeart.org/realtors.