Through the Realtors Care Foundation, the Toronto Real Estate Board supports Furniture Bank, a Toronto-based charity that outfits homes with the essentials, giving those who are emerging from difficult circumstances a strong start as they begin a new chapter in their lives. The charity traces its beginnings to 1998 when Sister Anne Schenck of the Sisters of St. Joseph began collecting furnishings for refugees in need of help when establishing a new home.  Since then, it has served more than 60,000 people, offering a helping hand to nearly 5,500 people last year alone. In addition to newcomers, Furniture Bank now also serves women building a new life following an abusive situation and homeless people transitioning to a permanent dwelling.