About Us

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank, LLC relies upon donations to stock its shelves. Our goal for the Thrift Store is to be a fundraising vehicle for our non-profit partners while the Furniture Bank provides a much-needed service to the community.

Making a Difference

... in the lives of many.  Our Furniture Bank is available to clients of partnering social service non-profit organizations who may be extremely low income families, formerly homeless people who are transitioning to permanent housing, senior citizens with little or no income, survivors of domestic violence, families who have lost furniture due to disaster, individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and may other people in need. Referrals and a nominal administrative fee are required to access the Furniture Bank.

Our Principals

Steven Greenberg Steve is the owner of Tzedakah House, LLC, an independent insurance agency located in Woodbridge, CT that specializes in the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefit programs for businesses and non-profit organizations throughout Connecticut. Steve and Tzedakah House have provided the funding for Helping Hands. Steve has volunteered with a number of non-profits over the years and is the Managing Partner of Helping Hands.

Allen Klein Allen was the owner of Carl’s Auto Parts in Hamden, CT for 26 years and uses his customer service experience to make donating through Helping Hands a pleasant experience. Allen is the Operations Director of Helping Hands.

Karen Greenberg Karen brings many years of retail experience to Helping Hands. Karen’s goal is to make Helping Hands a friendly, comfortable place to shop. Karen is the Director of Personnel and Retail Design.

Our Story

Our Thrift Store is filled with items donated by the supporters of our non-profit members. Donations can be dropped off, or we offer a pick-up service for larger items like furniture and appliances. Upon receipt, the donations are barcoded to the designated non-profit which then sends a thank you letter to the donor to be used for tax deduction purposes. The Donor assigns their own value to the donated items. When the donated items are sold, 12% of the sale price goes to the non-profit. We’ve issued checks to members in excess of $800 per month, which has helped fund their programs.

Our Furniture Bank is available on a referral basis and offers gently used beds, dressers, tables & chairs, and sofas for a nominal administrative fee. We are helping a wide range of people in need including homeless people who are transitioning to permanent housing, people starting over following the loss of household items due to a variety of reasons, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank is privately funded. We act as “brokers” for our non-profit members. We hire from the community and have created job training positions for individuals with disabilities. We are truly trying to make a positive difference in the community.