Born out of Facebook, For Goodness Sake is a 100% volunteer run, Bristol-based 501c3 non-profit organization that works directly with local agencies to help those in need while transitioning to independent living. What started out just three years ago in June as a result of woman moving out of the Saint Vincent de Paul shelter who were unable to furnish their new homes, now thrives on Riverside Avenue to help individuals make their new living space, a home.
It’s no wonder why For Goodness Sake has been chosen by WFSB Channel 3 to receive a $1,000 donation to their organization and feature on WFSB’s #20townson3. Mark Zinni shared that although he didn’t have a say in the selection process, Channel 3 had choose For Goodness Sake because they truly are a hidden gem to not only the Bristol community but also surrounding towns, making a difference on a local level to those who need it most. In addition to WFSB’s donation, P.C. Richards & Son also donated $500.
President and Co-Founder, Kendra Morales shared that she was ecstatic to have been chosen as one of WFSB Channel 3’s #20townson3. With this money “we can help more people! I’m so grateful for our volunteers and donors and our clients who have the bravery to start over again. It’s hard.” Back in 2013, Kendra only dreamed of this becoming a reality. She saw that there was a gap in the needs of individuals who are trying to get on their feet. There are banks for foods and clothing but there wasn’t anything that provided individuals with furniture to make their transition into their new place feel like home. Morales hopes one day that there will be furniture banks all around the country.
Co-Founder and Volunteer Coordinator, Patrick Ringrose shared with Channel 3’s Zinni, that he was extremely grateful that For Goodness Sake can do this for people. “I walk into an empty apartment and when I leave, it’s a home… There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles on their faces, that’s the heart of our mission.” He shared that no matter how his work week is, Saturday mornings are where his spirit is renewed and inspired.
To this day, For Goodness Sake’s has helped 370 families from Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, New Britain, Terryville, and Wolcott. Bristol is truly lucky to have such phenomenal individuals who volunteer their efforts in making a difference. That is what being All Heart is all about! Check out their full interview with Mark Zinni tonight (May 5th) on Channel 3!
Bristol Community Organization (BCO) Bristol Board of Education & Family Resource Centers Bristol Housing Authority Bristol Youth Services Prudence Crandall The Salvation Army Southington Community Services St. Vincent DePaul Wheeler Clinic Christian Fellowship Center UConnHealth St. Philip House Asbury United Methodist Church Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) & many more