Turning Houses into Homes

Andover, MA   |
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EIN: 47-2261131


Project Home Again furnishes the homes of people in need free of charge.

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Nancy Kanell

Main address

PO Box 1236

Andover, MA 01810 USA

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Subject area info

Basic and emergency aid

Single parent support

Youth services

Aging out of foster care

Domestic violence shelters

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Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

(Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.) (W19)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Assessment and Furniture/Household Goods Provision

Project Home Again provides low-income families with recycled household goods, furniture, and small appliances necessary to live with comfort and dignity. We partner with social service agencies in northeastern Massachusetts to ensure that your gently used items go directly to those who need them the most.

Population(s) Served

One of the most important things we do at Project Home Again is providing new mattress sets to our clients that have no bed of their own — some are currently sleeping on the floor, sharing with too many family members in one bed, or sleeping on mattresses so old, uncomfortable or unsanitary that they need replacing. Your monetary donation helps give a "good night sleep" to someone in need. It can affect the way they see the whole world, whether achieving more in school, at work, or having the stamina to beat an illness.

Population(s) Served

We believe that all of our clients should be able to prepare healthy meals at home. Unfortunately, many of the kitchen items needed to do so are not donated in nearly the quantity we need to give them to each client that needs them. The social workers we partner with visit each and every one of our clients and let us know exactly what they need.

With your monetary donations, we purchase pots, pans, toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, and coffee makers when we are in short supply. There have been many tears shed when our clients are presented with one of these new items. When you have next to nothing, the blessing of a new set of pots and pans can seem like a miracle!

Population(s) Served

A clean pillow to sleep on is an important item for us to provide for our clients, and since we cannot accept used pillows, our only option is to purchase them. At only $3 per pillow, your donations go a long way to helping us provide the hundreds of pillows we give out each year.

Started to honor a special Papa of one of our volunteers, Papa’s Pillows continues to be an important way for us to bring comfort and dignity into the homes of our clients.

Population(s) Served

One of the most urgently needed items almost every client who visits us needs is a dresser. Because of the very limited number that are donated, we currently have a limit of two dressers per family. Our goal is to be able to provide one dresser for each person who needs one in every home we furnish.

In order to make things better for our families, we have launched a new program called Dresser For Success. With the funds we raise for this program, we will purchase dressers that our clients can put together themselves. Being able to transport them in a box is helpful to clients. Although easy to put together, they are quite sturdy and easily moved if necessary.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor
Homeless people
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Working poor

Where we work


Non-Profit of the Year 2020

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Home Assessment and Furniture/Household Goods Provision

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Each year, we are able to help furnish the homes of more individuals and families. Our continued growth allows us to ensure we have in stock everything our clients need to feel secure and comfortable.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By partnering with over 160 social service agencies that help their clients find housing, we furnish those homes and help to create an environment that promotes a safe and comfortable home. People, both adults and children, who have all the comforts of home and live in a dignified manner, can be more successful in achieving their goals. Without a comfortable place to sleep and the ability to prepare healthy meals at home, people cannot thrive. With a comfortable home secured and furnished, our clients can achieve greater success at work and at school, helping to break the cycle of poverty many have been trapped in.

By accepting gently used furniture and household goods, we are helping to keep items out of the landfills and giving them a second life in the homes of our clients.

Our board has attended a Cultural Inclusion course for 3 consecutive years. Not only does the course help our board to learn about inequalities, the class is made up of local board members and people from the community we serve who are interested in becoming board members. Since starting the class, we have invited three recruits to joins our board and two of these remarkable women now co-chair our board. We also met our new Executive Director at this course. We have become a much more inclusive board over the last few years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.89 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.6 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PROJECT HOME AGAIN’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $46,907 $51,296
As % of expenses 13.4% 17.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $43,019 $47,408
As % of expenses 12.2% 16.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $429,831 $305,230
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -29.0%
Program services revenue 4.3% 2.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 95.7% 97.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $349,174 $287,684
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -17.6%
Personnel 19.4% 27.0%
Professional fees 5.1% 7.9%
Occupancy 8.4% 12.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 67.0% 53.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $353,062 $291,572
One month of savings $29,098 $23,974
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $382,160 $315,546

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.7 7.4
Months of cash and investments 5.7 7.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.7 9.0
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $165,895 $178,231
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $19,300 $26,545
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $19,956 $19,956
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.9% 97.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.4% 37.1%
Unrestricted net assets $169,724 $217,132
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $33,750 $0
Total net assets $203,474 $217,132

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nancy Kanell

When an acquaintance who was down on her luck came to Nancy and said her stove was broken and she had no money to fix it or buy a new one, she had an idea. Fifteen years later, Nancy's passion for helping others has led PHA to grow from a one woman operation to a staff of dozens of volunteers serving hundreds of families a year.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Heather Rosenfeld

Crestcom International - Rosewood Associates

Term: 2021 - 2025

Jane Waldman

Retired Teacher

David Trachtenberg

Trachtenberg Transportation

Aneela Qureshi Rafiq

International Institute of New England

Charlie Duerr


William Andrews

Compass Realty

Susan Coneeny


Anne Shannon

59 Park Street

Delania McCarter

Supportive Care

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2024

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.