Move in Day: Amarillo Housing First Furnishes Homeless Woman's New Home

AMARILLO - After nearly a year of being homeless, it was move-in-day for an "Amarillo Housing First" client.

Although she officially arrived last Friday, AHF helped with the finishing touches.

And for one of the volunteers, today's experience hits close to home.

"Today is my favorite day, my favorite part of the job," said Chris Seright, Executive Director, Amarillo Housing First.  

It's move-in-day for Amarillo Housing First' 39th client.

Since the beginning of the year, the non-profit has not only helped take homeless people off the streets and into place to live.

But they've helped furnish the home as well.

"We just filled her home entirely with furniture from donations in the community and we're on our way to go shop for household item donations. She's been here since Friday. And typically try to make the deliveries the same day as move in day. But with the weekend it just caused us a bit of a delay," said Seright

The volunteer with Seright was on the other side of this exchange four months ago.

Richard Smith says he was homeless for three years before getting connected with the folks at Amarillo Housing First. 

"I was put in a home in one day. And it's made a world of difference in my life and I'm able to give back because of it and there's no turning back for me now. It's what they do for people is what changes the world," said Richard Smith, Client & Volunteer, Amarillo Housing First.

The Executive Director says the organization doesn't have a goal for a number of homeless people they want to help, but he says he has a personal goal for 2017.

"But I would like to see 100 clients off the streets and into permanent housing before the end of the year," said Seright.

Out of privacy for the client, she did not want to be on camera.

And we didn't show the location of her new home as well. 

But she was in good spirits during the moving process. 

New home, new items and on to a new life.

As you saw in the clip, there were only two people moving all the items in the home.

Seright says they need help with furniture delivery and are looking for someone who is willing drive for them.

If you would like to help the group click here for more information.


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