Furniture Bank and Inmates making Dressers
The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio was growing weary of never having enough dressers for the nearly 4,000 families per year they provided free furniture to. So in June 2010, several staff members and volunteers set out to expand the kitchen table building process to include 4-drawer dressers. After several prototype iterations, the best design was adopted and “production” began. “Production” in this case means crews of volunteers using carefully designed assembly jigs. After several successful months and ramp-up to about 18 dressers a week, a partnership was developed with Marion Correctional Institute in Marion, Ohio, for the inmates to build dressers also. The “production” assembly jigs were duplicated, and a select group of interested and capable inmates began making dressers 3 days a week. In just a few short weeks, they have ramped up to producing 50 dressers per week!
Furniture Bank volunteers building a dresser. Dressers produced at Marion Correctional.