August in LA means it’s time for the Home Plate Dinnerware Exchange, and this year marks the 11th year that you’ve donated thousands of pieces of dinnerware to folks who are in need.
Here’s how it works: donate your gently used dinnerware at Heath LA
—any brand—in exchange for 20% off* any corresponding piece of Heathware (plate for plate, bowl for bowl). Traditional place settings are appreciated, as all donations will go to folks who are building a home. Think: dinner plates, salad or cereal bowls, and mugs.
Working with Venice Community Housing
, our priority is getting your donations to low-income and formerly homeless individuals and families with whom they have relationships. Their mission is to reduce homelessness, maximize affordable housing, empower low-income constituents, provide social services, and advocate for public policy that protects and strengthens the economic, racial, and cultural diversity of Venice and other neighborhoods on the Westside of Los Angeles. Read on for more information on their efforts—with Home Plate, and beyond:Where exactly is the donated dinnerware going?
Every month we have a Shop Day, where members of the community can come “shop” donations (clothing, home goods, toys, etc). Many of our own residents come to Shop Day, as well as folks who are currently or formerly homeless but not necessarily receiving services directly from VCH. Last year we were able to distribute some of the dishware to tenants in our permanent supportive housing units. This year we plan to give some of the dishware to our TLC program, which provides short-term housing to unhoused families. The dishware will be given to families when they move out of TLC and into permanent housing of their own.Can you tell us more about the buildings you operate on the Westside?
Last year, VCH housed over 500 people. We own 14 properties, with 208 units of housing. Of the 208 units that we own, 77 units are permanent supportive housing units, which is affordable housing paired with on-site, wrap-around services, for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. People who live in these units typically have serious and long-term disabilities (mental illness, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, substance use disorder, etc). The remaining 75% of our units are affordable housing units, which are for families and/or individuals who have incomes of 60% or less than the area median income.Can you talk a little more about “Housing First”?
Housing First is the approach we follow (and the approach recommended by the federal government), which places unhoused people into housing as quickly as possible, without any barriers/conditions like sobriety or participating in mental health services. The housing world has learned that when someone is living on the street, they need safe housing first, before they can start receiving services and working on things like job hunting or addiction treatment. Once that person is housed, we can then begin offering services.
Each year we are more humbled than the last, both by our partners at Venice Community Housing who help make this a reality, and by you, our LA regulars, for keeping this tradition alive and strong with your support. We truly can’t say it enough: thank you, and we hope to see you—and your gently used dinnerware—soon!Home Plate Dinnerware Exchange at Heath LA
August 1–11, 2019 during showroom hoursVisit us →
*The trade-in discount applies to first quality Heath dinnerware purchases only and does not include serving pieces or accessories. Discount does not apply to virtual registry credit and cannot be combined with any other offer.