Furniture Donations Helps Furnish Apartments for Homeless - Good360

Furniture Donations Helps Furnish Apartments for Homeless

Organization: Baptist Bible College
Lives Impacted: 50
Donation: La-Z-Boy

As Told to Good360 by Baptist Bible College 

Baptist Bible College, located in Springfield, IL, is an institution of biblical higher education that exists to provide a Christ-centered curriculum that fosters a biblical worldview.  Students are empowered to engage and impact their global society. One of our ministries provides temporary housing to individuals in need at no cost or at a very low cost. We offer these apartments to alumni, missionaries, pastors, and friends of the college who are in transition or who have a short-term housing need. Furnishing these apartments so that they are comfortable, functional, and nice looking is very difficult for us because of limited funds. To add to our challenges, we experienced a fire which destroyed the furniture and mattresses that we use to service these apartments. These chairs from La-Z-Boy have made a huge difference for our apartment guests as they are treated not only to a beautiful seating area, but to the most comfortable brand of chairs on the market.  

Thanks to this donation, we received two La-Z-Boy chairs through our partnership with La-Z-Boy and Good360. Transitions are very stressful for people going through a life change. Having a safe and comfortable place to navigate these changes empowers our guests to relax and refocus during these difficult times. These chairs have been a tremendous blessing as we have used them to help furnish our campus guest apartments. Some of our most recent guests are a woman and her two children. Her husband, and their father, works as a repairman for semi-trucks and part of his job is responding to calls on busy highways. During one such call, he was struck by a car and suffered serious injuries and major burns. For the last several months, he has been hospitalized in Springfield, which is about 100 miles from their home. We are able to provide his family with an apartment free of charge for the weekends that they are able to make the trip to visit him. Having a furnished apartment has been a tremendous help to them.  It is much more comfortable than a hotel, they are able to cook their own meals, and now they have a relaxing chair to help them to deal with the grief they are experiencing. Each apartment serves between 10 and 50 people each year, depending on the length of their stay. Thank you La-Z-Boy and Good360 for helping furnish our apartments. 

Shari Rudolph
Shari Rudolph

Shari Rudolph is Chief Marketing Officer of Good360 and is an accomplished retail, digital commerce and media executive with a strong track record of building audience, revenue and brands. Shari’s previous experience includes management consulting as well as various executive and leadership roles at both start-ups and large media and retail e-commerce companies in Southern California, New York and Silicon Valley. She is also an adjunct professor teaching classes in marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial studies and she earned her MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

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