The Boston Cares Bed Project

More than 1,500 Greater Boston school children do not have a bed, which affects their self-esteem, ability to learn, and likelihood of graduating from high school. These children are sharing beds with other family members, sleeping on the couch, or sleeping on the floor. There is a similar need for toddler beds, for pre-school age children who have outgrown their crib. The epidemic of bed bugs also can force a family to replace all their beds and bedding at once, which is unaffordable for most low-income families.  To address this need, Boston Cares launched the Bed Project in 2014.

Boston Cares worked with two skilled furniture makers, Nick Roulleau and Eli Cleveland, to develop a simple bed design that could be built in a streamlined manner without sacrificing quality. The beds are made using the same method as the finest of furniture, adapted for rapid, accurate production by minimally trained volunteers. The beds are easy to assemble and transport.

The Bed Project engages teams of volunteers to assemble bed frames and prepare them for distribution to our more than 30 partners across New England - organizations who are directly serving low-income families in need or transitioning out of homelessness.  As participants in The Bed Project, teams of corporate volunteers work together to craft a quality project for those in need.  Interested in engaging your team?  Boston Cares can set up a Bed Build project for your company at one of our host locations, or even in your office parking lot.  Please note that building beds does have a supply and project management cost.  


Kacey Sanfilippo

Associate Director, Corporate Engagement or 617-422-0910 x212

Do you know a nonprofit agency interested in distributing beds to famililes in need?  Please complete this survey!

Thank you to those companies and organizations that have built beds through The Bed Project, including:


Beam Suntory
Boston Scientific
Corporate Reimbursement Services, Inc.
EMC Corporation
EMD Millipore
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
New England Regional Council of Carpenters/New England Carpenters Training Fund
The Rashi School
State House News Service

Trip Advisor


Exeter Lumber

Individual donors
Massachusetts Service Alliance

Office of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

The Rashi School

The Well Coffee Shop


  • Medford Vocational Technical High School
  • Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Building PathwaysInternational Union of Elevator Carpenters (IUEC) 
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters/New England Carpenters’ Training Fund 
  • Woodcraft Supply, Walpole


  • Bethany Christian Services, Franklin, NH
  • Catholic Charities, Lynn
  • Children's Services of Roxbury
  • Dorchester House Multi-Service Center                                                     
  • The Family Nurturing Center
  • Fresh Start Furniture, Hudson
  • Friendly House, Worcester
  • Growth and Development Clinic at Boston Medical Center, Boston
  • Harbor DCF, Chelsea
  • Heading Home
  • Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston
  • the Home for Little Wanderers
  • Household Goods Recycling
  • Manchester Community Health Center, Manchester, NH
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Mission of Deeds, Reading
  • Project Hope
  • Project Home Again, Lawrence
  • Riverside Community Care
  • South Bay Mental Health Center
  • South Boston Neighborhood House
  • Southern New Hampshire Service, Manchester, NH
  • Touchstone Furniture Depot 
  • Victory Programs
  • Vincent Newborn Necessities Program at The Vincent Club, for the benefit of the MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center
  • The Wish Project, Lowell
  • Worcester Housing Authority
  • Women’s Freedom Shelter, Brattleboro, VT
  • Youth Connect, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Youth Villages
  • YWCA, Worcester


  • Nick Roulleau, owner of Mansfield Fine Furniture
  • Eli Cleveland, Production Assistant on the WGBH series Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac
  • Ned Harubin, New England Carpenters’ Training Fund 



Thank you to the HandsOn Network for honoring us with the 2015 George W. Romney Affiliate Excellence Award for the Bed Project! This award honors the excellence and success of an Affiliate in making a meaningful difference through volunteering and service in their community. See the news here and on the Points of Light site.

“One of the most exciting things about Boston Care’s Bed Project is that it can be replicated by our global network of over 250 affiliates, so they are not only helping children in Massachusetts, but around the world,” said Alison Doerfler, executive director of HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light."
Boston Business Journal
Christian Science Monitor