Bassett Furniture Donates $10,000 in Furniture to Just-A-Start House

Faces lit up, smiles broadened, and tears came to the eyes of four teen moms as they watched their shelter get a makeover.

“Honestly if feels good … somebody actually came here and they actually care how we’re living,” said 18-year-old Jocelyn Collazo.

Bassett Furniture donated $10,000 worth of furniture and items to revitalize two rooms in Just-A-Start’s Somerville’s shelter for pregnant and parenting teen women yesterday.

The fact that Bassett Furniture cared enough resonated with most residents of the program, and it brought tears to 20-year-old Angelica Dume.

“This is a home for most of us,” said Dume, mother to 8-month old Anthony, “it means a lot, now we can just sit there and play with the kids and stuff.”

The living room was once full of old shabby couches and books worn from years of being handled by children’s curious hands. Now, it’s a room with a dark beige sectional, two chairs, an ottoman, an end table, artwork and new books.

Having the furniture means more than just having a room look better, said Just-A-Start Executive Director Deborah Ruhe. “It raises their self esteem to think they are worthy to be in a place they think is attractive.”

Just-A-Start is a multi service non-profit agency helps people get back on their feet and independent. The shelter has room for 12 mothers, and up to 18 children.

“This is not a one and done,” promised Bassett’s Director of Advertising, Jay Moore, “This is something we are going to support; we want to be a good part of this community and this will be on going in the future.”