As Hesston college’s motto of “Start Here, Go Everywhere” doesn't only apply to students and staff. Apparently, it also applies to dorm furniture as old fixures from Erb Hall  were recently loaded into a semi for donation in Waco, Texas.
For 42 years students used the beds, dressers, mirrors, desks and chairs in Erb Hall central and west wings, but as the college prepares to renovate the dorm rooms this summer, it was time for the old furniture to find a new home.
“We explored several options for the furniture from selling it to donating it,” said Hesston College facilities employee and project organizer Tim Goering. “I had a connection with an organization in Waco that had a need, and things fell into place better than we hoped.”
Goering’s cousin Kathy Reid is the executive director for the Family Abuse Center in Waco, one of the organizations to receive the furniture. The center assists victims of domestic violence by sheltering those seeking an escape and providing education and intervention to prevent abuse. On any given night, the shelter houses 40 to 75 residents, predominately women and children.
FAC operates a targeted housing program for shelter residents to eventually move into their own homes. The organization provides basic furniture for furnishing the new residences, so Hesston College’s donation of 152 dressers, more than 100 beds and mirrors, 20 desks and 15 loveseats was welcomed.
“This is the first time we have received a donation of this size,” said Reid. “This is a goldmine for us, especially the dressers. We almost never get dressers. In fact, the quantity is so high, we can’t use it all ourselves, so we are happy to share it with other local organizations.”
When all is said and done, Reid expects 15 non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, a Veteran’s Assistance program, a homeless shelter for teens and Compassion Ministries – a transitional housing program for homeless families, will receive pieces of furniture.