Laquana and her family had been living in a home for months, on furniture they found on the side of the road. Desperate for a real sense of home, she reached out to our team. A former foster youth herself, turned foster mother - she wanted help creating a beautiful, safe and encouraging learning environment. One of her requests was a desk for each child, "shoot a desk in each room!" She didn't want any more excuses for not doing homework.
Local fire station 27 here in Glendale, Ca - at 3AM responded to a trailer on fire. Our trailer. We had pre-loaded all the furniture for a project up in Bakersfield the night before so we could head out early the next morning. Little did we know we would be waking up to all our our donations burned. Long story short we were able to raise 3K in 3 hours before IKEA even opened, and purchased all BRAND NEW furniture for a family of 4 with a sinlge mom who was more than excited to walk into a fully furnished home. But what is most shocking, isn't the fire, but that the firefighters, who already put the fire out and kept our street safe, handed us a check the very next week because they wanted to support what we are doing! So this is our way of giving back to our local heroes who so selflessly protect our city and care about the families who live in it!
Marisol and her family reached out to us via Door of Hope - with a beautiful apartment to move into, 6 kids, and not enough beds - we said yes!
Every project we have a moment where the kids get to run into their rooms and jump on their bed. It's the moment we live for. This project was our first helping a Single Mom in Bakersfield. She was given a lot donations from some people, but none of which were functioning well. This is the case for a lot of families in transition, they get what they can find online for free. And they end up with outdoor furniture indoors, or bunk bends cut down and used in master bedrooms. The crib she was given was broken and she couldn't even use. This is where we came in! We took all the broken and used and dysfunctional furniture out and came in with all new and loved items they needed.
Rachael Williams and her 3 children were transitioning from a local transitional center and asked for us to help them get some furniture for their bedrooms. We were able to provide all 3 kids with the beds they needed, and give her a bed with a beautiful frame built for a queen, thanks to the neighbors that donated.
Renee, a single mom in transition was moving into her home the week before Christmas and had nothing. 9 months pregnant and desperate she asked around for help, and heard about Pen & Napkin. She emailed us asking for anything we could do to help. She had been given a couch from a local church but wasn't able to sleep on it comfortably being so pregnant. She needed a bed for herself and a crib for her new baby. We fully furnished a decorated her home, helping her just in time for Christmas, we even got her a Christmas tree and neighbors donated presents for her son to open! It was a great Christmas for Renee and we were happy to make her Christmas wish come true.
The Salas Family graduated from East County Transitional Living Center ready to move into their first home as a family. With 5 children, Bre (the mother) called me requesting our services. She had no idea how she was going to afford, let alone fit all the children in a 1 bedroom with an Office. Well, we did it! 5 kids in the master bedroom, (2) bunk beds and (1) of which had a small trundle that pulled out. And we were only able to do this with the help of our friends at Jerome's Furniture, who helped us completely furnish the home. Friends of ours and neighbors in the community helped us pull it all together and decorate it, with love. We have the honor to call this families home our first project.