“We loved helping Michele move into her new home. I can’t wait to do this again for someone else.” Shannon Paris and her coworkers at Keller Williams helped end homelessness for a neighbor earlier this month. They collected furniture and home goods, delivered it on the chosen day, and helped Michele set everything up.
Those of us who work at Homeward Bound know first – hand how life-changing it is when someone experiencing homelessness settles into a new home. We can’t end homelessness alone though, and we love to bring other people and groups into the process whenever we can.
Sponsored move-ins are a great way for groups to get involved. Lenoir-Rhyne University (Asheville) spent the spring semester getting together furniture and thinking of touches that could really bring home a veteran experiencing homelessness. Then they scheduled a good day to bring the furniture and get in their workout carrying and arranging everything. A Thrivent Action Team gift card added extra support.
The ALOFT hotel staff just completed their fourth sponsored move-in and it’s great team building for their employees. One team member told us, “This is the most meaningful day of my year.” We also got to discover General Manager David McCartney’s skills driving a moving truck and making beds.
Everyone can get involved
Even younger folks can get involved! Students from the Rainbow Community School recently held two fundraisers to be able to buy household items that folks need when they move into new homes. They also worked on budgeting and went to the grocery store to buy as many items as they could. We’re proud that they’re taking action to improve our community. Thanks to all the parents and teachers for supporting this initiative!
We’d love for you, your family, or your group to be a part of a sponsored move-in! See our sponsored move-in page for more details or email Ashley Campbell, Welcome Home Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can end homelessness, one neighbor at a time!