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Congratulations, Madison!

April 8, 2022

We were so thrilled today to be a part of making This dream come true! Madison has been with this foster mom since she was 13. At age 20, she now has a job and is moving into her first apartment (right down the street from Mom). We helped to furnish that apartment for her. By the way, Mom has fostered 60 children in the past 10 years and Madison helped with caring for some of them.


April 6, 2022
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Announcing New Leadership

January 21, 2022
HopeNow Furniture Bank serving Knox County is announcing staff leadership for the organization that distributes free donated furniture and household supplies to persons with need, according to Lee Rhoades, Chair of the HopeNow Furniture Bank Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has named Rev Dr. Mearle Griffith as its Executive Director and Steve Frye as Director of Operations. Both men bring extensive not-for-profit leadership in Knox County and beyond.
Griffith, a retired United Methodist pastor, served in state and denomination-wide leadership as President/CEO of United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries and as Associate General Secretary of the Church’s General Council on Ministries. He also served as Senior Pastor of North Broadway UMC in Columbus.
Locally, Griffith has been Chair of the Committee on Mission and Service at First Congregational United Church of Christ and a member of the Interchurch Board of Directors. With his wife, he directs the Hot Meals program at the church. He also volunteers as Resident Pastor of Outreach Ministries at First Congregational UCC.
Griffith has also served as a board member of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio and served as chair of its Development Committee. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from United theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree from Rust College for service to the church and world. With wife Jane, the couple has two grown daughters, Maria Oliver and Marci Snively and two granddaughters, Sophie and Ava Snively, all of Danville.
Steve Frye has been involved with HopeNow Furniture Bank as a volunteer in the wood shop for the past six years. In his new role he will oversee the daily operations of the organization’s warehouse, located at 1025 South Main Street, Mount Vernon. Frye is a retired Manufacturing Engineer following attendance at Ohio State University and a career at Dana Industries. He serves as an active volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.
Frye is also well-known around the area where he continues his passion for music across the years on the local scene. A native of Mount Vernon, Steve is married to Cecile and they have two children, Aimee Frye and Jesse Frye and a granddaughter Kali Frye.
HopeNow Furniture Bank was founded in 2005 with a critical mission to collect gently used furniture and distribute it to families who cannot afford to furnish their homes. Families are eligible if they are Knox County residents with incomes low enough to qualify for Food Stamps or Medicaid assistance.
“The goal of the organization is to help make a house a home for those Knox County families who cannot afford the most basic furniture and housewares,” Rhoades explained. In 2021, the HopeNow Furniture Bank distributed 1317 furniture pieces and each family received at least four large boxes of household items. The organization operates with nearly 40 faithful volunteers.
Dr. Mearle Griffith, Executive Director
Steve Frye, Director of Operations

HNFB Holiday Hours

December 11, 2021
The warehouse hours for HopeNow Furniture Bank will be as posted for the end of this year. The warehouse will open again for regular service hours on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

November 20, 2021
HopeNow Furniture Bank hours will be changed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish all a blessed holiday and time to reflect on the blessings that are ours.

Our Volunteers are V.I.P’s!

October 1, 2021

On Saturday, October 2, volunteers and staff of HopeNow Furniture Bank will happily gather at Der Dutchman Amish Restaurant in Bellville, OH for the annual dinner to celebrate a year of purposeful, meaningful work and to honor our team of amazing volunteers.  Our volunteers are truly the heart of our organization and the reason why we are able to help so many families in need throughout our county. HopeNow Furniture Bank’s operation is run by a small group of approximately three dozen dedicated volunteers who provide countless hours of service during the year.  They enjoy serving together and find pleasure in providing needy families with basic household items to furnish their homes.  We are so thankful for each one.