Lincoln Park non-profit hopes to rebuild lives through restoring furniture

By Dena Khalafallah
Medill Reports

Every time a homeowner renovates their home — every time a company deconstructs a building — it leaves a massive footprint on the environment. And it doesn’t need to be that way, because most of the material can be brought back to life, according to the Rebuilding Exchange Warehouse.  The non-profit reconditions furniture and appliances rescued from the landfill.

And it also aims to help people restore their own lives by  employing them and teaching them new skills.

Photo at top: Stanley Branch rebuilt his life at a place that rebuilds furniture and recycles building materials. (Dena Khalafallah/MEDILL)