Comforts of Home

What is Comforts of Home? Comforts of Home logo

Through a partnership with select Walmart and Lowes stores, United Way of Northeastern Minnesota is able to obtain bedding, towels, rugs, and other household items. These products are then distributed to people in need in our service territory based on a referral system.

UWNEMN is currently providing in-person appointments only for Comforts of Home in our building each Wednesday at select times. Case managers MUST make a referral and accompany clients for these appointments.

Step 1. Case managers make a referral.

Step 2. Upon UWNEMN approval, case managers will receive an email to select an available date and time (Wednesdays between 8:30 am - 2:00 pm) for the client's in-person appointment.

Step 3. Case managers and clients come to UWNEMN building in Chisholm for designated appointment to select items.

We ask that case managers review the program policy with clients & secure client signature on the form prior to their appointment.  

Pickup appointments may be made available for extenuating circumstances. If you have any questions, contact Sarah at sarah@unitedwaynemn.org or call 218-254-3329.

Comforts of Home Registry 

When we do not receive high-need items (like bedding, pillows, and towels) from our store donations, UWNEMN purchases them from local stores. You can donate new products to our building at 608 East Drive in Chisholm or purchase items off our Walmart Registry.

Why we do it?

"Comforts of Home greatly impact those in need by providing people with essential items and support. As someone who often makes referrals to Comforts of Home, the compassion shared between two organizations is incredible. The United Way's Comfort of Home Program helps pull people together towards solutions instead of tearing them apart in problems. Clients leave there with a new sense of achievement, and empowerment. I think that is something we all can appreciate."

- Beth Pontinen, LPN, Care Coordinator- Range Mental Health Center

 

UWNEMN's Comforts of Home program is meant to be a one-time use program. 

If your client has mitigating circumstances, please contact sarah@unitedwaynemn.org to discuss further. 

Case Manager Contact Information

Client Information

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Comforts of Home Program Policy

  • The Comforts of Home program may only be used once.

  • All clientele must be referred and accompanied by a case worker.

  • Appropriate paperwork is required to be filled out by clientele completely.

  • Case managers and clientele will work together to take items that are appropriate for their current needs.  Clientele are encouraged to make a list in advance to help prioritize their needed items.

    • Comforts of Home has many curtains available. It’s advised that clientele measure their windows in advance to assist in selecting curtains.

    • There may be limits on some items depending on availability (i.e. one pillow per person, etc.).

  • Items are first come first served and can’t be set aside or held for clientele. We receive our items on a donation basis so we never know what will be coming in or is available.

  • Anything that is taken may not be returned to the program or store.

  • All donations that are received are assessed to ensure they are acceptable to give out to individuals in need.

    • UWNEMN apologizes in advance If there is an item on the shelf that is unacceptable. 

    • Should you take an electronic item does that not work when you get home, please dispose of properly as it cannot be returned to the Comforts of Home Program.

    • ANY ITEMS RECEIVED FROM THE COMFORTS OF HOME PROGRAM ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SOLD OR EXCHANGED. 

  • UWNEMN partner agencies are allowed to take items for appropriate programs.

This policy must be signed and returned in order for materials to be picked up; please click here to download this policy for your client to sign. Paperwork can be returned as PDF email attachment, via mail, or in person.

What is Comforts of Home Plus?Comforts of Home Plus Logo

Through UWNEMN's partnership with local Walmart stores, the Comforts of Home program has begun to receive large donations of brand new bulk items that our organization can make available to other nonprofits and community groups serving individuals in need in UWNEMN's service area. Examples of items may include clothing, shoes, seasonal decorations, and office supplies.

Several groups have already benefited from these donations including: UWNEMN partner agencies, local nonprofits, schools, nursing homes, and churches. Items are distributed in a first come, first served basis. To get on the mailing list when Comforts of Home Plus items are available, contact sarah@unitedwaynemn.org

Volunteer opportunities are available each week to help sort and organize these bulk donations. Sign up here!

Would you like to help us provide Comforts of Home?

Ongoing volunteer opportunities to organize donated clothing and household items are available each week.  

Sign up here!

Comforts of Home Registry 

When we do not receive high-need items (like bedding, pillows, and towels) from our store donations, UWNEMN purchases them from local stores. You cannot donate new products to our building at 608 East Drive in Chisholm or purchase items off our Walmart Registry.