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Mission of Deeds Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Mission: Mission of Deeds is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides purchased beds, donated furniture and basic household items, free of charge, to the previously homeless and others in great need. Mission of Deeds was created after its founder, Tony Triglione, realized that people in need often lacked essential home necessities - beds to sleep on, or a table to eat at. Many slept on the floor or ate off milk crates. Mr. Triglione identified then what remains a problem today - even if housing for the disadvantaged can be found, assistance in making a home functional, livable and stable is scarce. This is our sole purpose at Mission of Deeds and we are one of only a few organizations supporting greater Boston, and Middlesex and Essex Counties of Massachusetts that is focused on this critical niche.

Results: Our growth since 1993 is considerable. From 35 people served our first year, to 2,643 in 2017 and more than 36,000 cumulatively, Mission of Deeds is an integral part of our area’s human service sector. In 2017, Mission of Deeds met all of our stated goals. We helped 2,643 people in need. We provided 1496 beds (mattress, box spring, and frame), 71 crib sets (crib and mattress), 7961 pieces of furniture (dining tables, chairs, sofas, bureaus, lamps, etc.), 2211 bags of linens (sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, etc.) and 2661 boxes of kitchen items (dishes, pots, pans, flatware, toasters, etc.) to families and individuals living below the poverty level. Mission of Deeds is proud that everyone who came to us for help received all the furniture needed to maintain a functional, stable and permanent home, and was treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Target demographics: people in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,600 people

Geographic areas served: Middlesex and Essex Counties of Massachusetts

Programs: beds, furniture and household items, free of charge

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Mission of Deeds works tirelessly to help those in need. They are truly an amazing organization with wonderful people!

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Donor

Rating: 4

When my son was 16 he was involved in a car accident! He was not hurt, no one was, but he was charged with minor motor vehicle violations. As part of his discipline, he volunteered to serve at The Mission of Deeds for a couple of months! It was, for him, a rewarding experience. He saw people coming in that had nothing, and they were able to walk away with “something”- be it a bed or blankets or pots/pans, etc. This gave him insight into the reality of how many people live, and it made him realize how people can help each other. He actually liked volunteering at the Mission. Gave him a sense of purpose. (I am a financial donor).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission of Deeds is the best!! I have been volunteering for about two years now. It feels great to help the people that need help.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board for almost 20 years I have watched this incredible organization grow from a small group of dedicated individuals to a much larger team of committed volunteers. Their enthusiasm is infectious and their mission unwavering. Growth has provided more opportunity but has not changed the fundamental beliefs upon which this organization is built. I am truly proud to be a member of the ‘family’ called the Mission of Deeds!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at The Mission of Deeds I interacted with many clients. One in particular stands out. We had just finished loading household furnishings for a family. The little boy looked up at his Dad and said. “Does this mean I have a real bed tonight”.
This really sums up the mission of the Mission of Deeds!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Mission of Deeds through the Triglione Family. As a Realtor, I have had opportunities to direct my clients who are downsizing or relocating to find a purposeful use for their excess furnishings and household goods. My Son, then a high school student at Malden Catholic became a volunteer MOD . It was truly life changing for him to understand not only how fortunate he was but how impactful help can be for someone in need. MOD clients are always treated with care, compassion and most of all Dignity. My family is honored to be involved in this organization and the amazing work they do every day.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Periodically I stop by the Mission of Deeds headquarters to drop something off. I am always inspired how each and every volunteer who works there stops for a moment and greets me with a smile. Those smiles show me how much the volunteers believe in the work they do. And always - regardless whether my drop off be big or small - there are expressions of thanks. I leave with a piece of candy - or two - but more so with a feeling that I have done something good. It is the essence of personal giving can be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer, and have seen how much they do for people in need. It's been a very fulfilling experience.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first became acquainted with Mission of Deeds last year, it was simply to donate furniture. Over the past year, their mission and welcoming approach to the needy became a draw which lured me further into the organization. I now volunteer one day a week to repair and refinish donated furniture so the poor moving into their first home can have some access to these pieces. It is a warm, congenial, organization operating with minimal budget and aiming to help the unfortunate. It is a privilege to work with them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mission of Deeds succeeds at helping every client by giving them basic household essentials from new beds, bedding, kitchen essentials, living room and dining room furniture to help them re-establish their lives after coming across hard times. Each and every client is treated with respect and welcomed into the Mission of Deeds family. The work by the staff and volunteers is done out of a strong commitment to help those who are less fortunate. This is an amazing group of people helping people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Mission of Deeds for 10 years. I am a professional organizer & senior move manager. My clients donate their furniture and household goods to the MOD when they mover or clean out their space. The MOD goes above and beyond to help me and my clients. I love working with the staff and the other volunteers.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization full of compassion and always here for the community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I began donating to this charity almost 20 years ago and the more I learned about it, the more I wanted to be involved. That involvement has morphed from donating furniture, to sponsoring financial events, to getting friends to donate, to ultimately joining their board. I am very proud to be affiliated with the Mission of Deeds. It does so much good for those in need and does so with minimal overhead and a kind heart — to it’s clients, the staff and all the volunteers. It truly is a Great Nonprofit!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Mission of Deeds for about 18 years. I have volunteered in just about every position available. This wide experience has allowed me to see first hand several things. The first is how well the organization is run. We have a large group of dedicated volunteers who not only take their "jobs" seriously but also do it with a passion, thus the lack of a need for too many paid employees. We also take the time to look at each case personally to best help our clients. Our clients are treated with respect and kindness. There are very few things sadder than going into a lived in apartment with very little furniture. On the flip side, there is great satisfaction in knowing that we are helping people through a difficult stage in their lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Mission of Deeds for 14 years. I have volunteered in just about every position available. This wide experience has allowed me to see first hand several things. The first is how well the organization is run. We have a large group of dedicated volunteers who not only take their "jobs" seriously but also do it with a passion, thus the lack of a need for too many paid employees. We also take the time to look at each case personally to best help our clients. Our clients are treated with respect and kindness. There are very few things sadder than going into a lived in apartment with very little furniture. On the flip side, there is great satisfaction in knowing that we are helping people through a difficult stage in their lives. Lastly, as a money conscience person, I am proud of the fact that 88% per cent of all the money we collect goes directly towards serving our clients.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mission of Deeds provides struggling families with the basic necessities to set up a home. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and staff. I have been fortunate enough to be able to help plan some fundraising activities for MOD and more recently serve on their board of directors. I am continuously amazed at not only the generosity of donations from the community but also how efficiently and tirelessly the staff works. Volunteering here has also given me the opportunity to witness clients coming in/out of MOD and the relief and joy on their faces when they see all that is available to them. It is truly a special place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past nine years, I have volunteered in numerous roles at Mission of Deeds (MOD), an amazing organization that assists clients and their families in need. MOD provides its clients with household goods, linens, beds and furniture; all the items necessary to furnish their studio and/or 1 bedroom apartment. The organization prides itself on the quality of the client experience during their visit to MOD, and the quality of the items provided. MOD is privately funded and holds several fundraising events throughout the year. My wife and I have been intimately involved in these events and work hard to make these events successful and memorable (please see attached event pictures). I dedicate 15-20 hours per week to volunteering and look forward to going into MOD; and, more importantly I am very pleased to know that I've worked toward the betterment of the lives of those less fortunate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a frequent donor to Mission of Deeds and I am always happy to see the real results from my donations. They have a very specific mission and are a great help to the people they serve. They are well organized, passionate about what they do, and create meaningful change to people who really need it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recent volunteer with Mission of Deeds, but have been a donor for several years. Over the years, many people have told me what a good organization it is, which led me to accept the volunteer opportunity. In my short time with Mission of Deeds, I have seen a wide range of needy situations that have been referred to them for assistance, the numerous charitable organizations that refer their clients, and the generosity of Mission of Deeds and its donors in providing that assistance. It has been a pleasure for me to be involved in any small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mission of Deeds is an organization that gives back not only to those in need but also to our community. It is a valued organization within the town of Reading. Both my children have volunteered at the Mission of Deeds and have learned not only how fortunate they are but also how good it feels to give back to those in need. Mission of Deeds is a charity where you know your donations/time are really making an impact on many lives on many levels. The stories of the families they have helped are heart warming.t

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer board member for more than five years now. Mission of Deeds was a far different organization when I joined than it is now. Yes, they had a successful capital campaign to renovate and improve it's warehouse and office space and yes they have expanded their "brand" and name recognition. But the reality is that the Mission of Deeds is exactly the same as it was when it started many years ago. The organization runs still on volunteer help and donated goods to provide a level of hope and support to those in need. We at the Mission take pride in that 0.88 cents from every dollar donated is used for client needs. Bruce Murison and his team continue to work miracles every day with little fanfare.

Review from Guidestar