AUSTIN, Texas–Four Hands, the global furniture importer and wholesaler, will once again donate furniture to a one-day home makeover event for young people who are getting their lives together with the help of a nonprofit organization here.
Since 2007, Four Hands has donated gift cards and deeply discounted furniture to the LifeWorks Supportive Housing Program, which allows at-risk kids to have a place to live, with subsidized rent from LifeWorks, who provides guidance and counseling while the kids attend school and work.
“Five years ago, we put a team together and re-made an apartment for a young woman who had been in foster care and had recently become a mother. She was sleeping on a mattress on the floor, had a crib for her daughter and a couch that had been “recycled” many times over,” said Matthew Briggs, CEO and president of Four Hands. “Seeing her face when she walked in and saw her beautiful new home made us want to help more kids realize they are worthy of beauty, and we can help by putting Four Hands in each of their apartments.”
“What Four Hands does for these formerly homeless youth gives me chills because it’s such a perfect fit,” said Susan McDowell, executive director of LifeWorks, “Four Hands’ involvement speaks to their mission of creating homes for people. These are clients that before have not had a place to call home and with Four Hands’ Home help, they now do.”
The LifeWorks Home Improvement Challenge is a friendly competition among community teams to create the best looking apartment with limited resources. Wade Oppliger, Vice President of Upholstery at Four Hands, will serve as judge for the 2011 event, which is Sept. 30 at an apartment complex in South Austin, not far from Four Hands headquarters.