Our mission is to accept donated good used furniture and distribute it to those in need.
Cathy's Cottage is a 501c3 non-profit organization registered with the IRS. We have a 2019 Bronze Seal of Transparency with GuideStar.

Our Story

In memory of our friend Cathy Taylor

How did Cathy's Cottage get started?

It all starts with telling God you'll do whatever He asks. Then you sit back to see what He puts in your lap. Carla never expected her purpose to be moving beds, sofas, tables and chairs.

A couple of years ago she began sharing needs on Facebook and was amazed how quickly people responded. Her record was finding bunk beds in 6 minutes! Things grew from there.

In 2018, Carla's dear friend, Laura Carnine, called her to say she had a houseful of things she wanted used to help others. What? That was her retirement plan but this was way too early. But God had other plans.

After loading up the last trailer she ran by Walmart. There she ran into a young lady who was preparing what looked like a birthday gift. Carla asked if she was headed to a birthday party. She tearfully said no but that her student's family had lost everything in a house fire. She happened to mention they needed two twin beds. Carla immediately burst into tears and exclaimed, "I have twin beds." Through her friends Laura and Roy's generosity she was able to furnish this family in their new home, including beds for the two girls!!!

Moving forward Carla looked for a name for the ministry. That came easy. A precious friend passed away on Carla's birthday earlier that year. Her sudden death made no sense to anyone. Cathy Taylor was known for helping anyone who needed it. Her family purchased Lang Furniture in Bonnie and she loved helping people set up their home with beautiful furniture. There was no better person to name a furniture ministry after than Cathy. Thus Cathy's Cottage was born.

Where to find us?

We are based out of Mt. Vernon, in the heart of Southern Illinois at the crossroads of I-57 and 1-64.
Our service area is a 30 miles radius from Mt. Vernon.

Service Area


Cathy's Cottage is guided by the direction of the Board Members


Carla Donoho

Founder and Daily Operations



Daniel Nalley




Janetta Rightnowar

Vice President / Marketing



Laura Henson




Sonja Shorb




Dean Taylor

Board Member



Sherry Johnson

Board Member