Charities set up more clothing, furniture shops as ailing economy takes toll on working poor.
Christina Stolarz / The Detroit News
PONTIAC -- After three weeks of sleeping on a thin, foam mattress on the floor of his bare Pontiac home, William Lomax was ready to upgrade to a bed.
His limited income kept him away from traditional furniture stores. But the 60-year-old retired auditor found help in a different form -- the Furniture Bank, a Pontiac nonprofit organization that provides free basic furniture and household goods to those in need.
Michigan's struggling economy is one reason that the Furniture Bank -- and other thrift organizations such as the Salvation Army and Society of St. Vincent de Paul -- are expanding throughout Metro Detroit."