Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start teams with local artist Kate Emery to auction paintings benefiting Fresh Start Pallet Products.
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Life presents both triumphs and adversity. Some face challenges they
alone cannot overcome. For these individuals, we offer the opportunity for a “Fresh Start.” We provide meaningful work to enable people in desperate need to lift themselves up, choose life, and become productive and contributing members of society. In the process of “rebuilding” themselves,
they are, in turn, building furniture.
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Learn more about the "Fresh Start Pallet Products" story.
From remarkable beginnings in a church backyard, through
the basement phase at another church, and now in our fully
outfitted factory setting where everything happens today.
Our 3 C's
Our skilled staff include people recovering from the challenges of addiction, poverty, other life challenges, as well as recent refugees from war torn countries. See our Core Products, our Unique Custom designs, and some of the impressive Contract work we are doing
in the Hartford area. Support our efforts and help change a life!
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500 million pallets
are produced a year in the United States.
Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation. This consumes an estimated 50 percent
of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and is equivalent to 7.6 billion board feet of lumber.
That’s enough wood to cover an area
10 times the size of New York City.
326 million pallets
were resold as pallets. Fresh Start uses a variety of different pallets and also uses all waste that is created in the building process. The nails and screws that come out of the pallets are collected in buckets and given to a company for further use. We collect the sawdust and chips from our construction, bag it, and provide the bags to community gardens for use as mulch. We also collect pieces of wasted wood in our building process and cut them to a size suitable for fire pits and fire places.