Families in Foundation Communities Program Receive the Gift of Sleep with Mattresses Donated by Sleep Experts
June 11, 2012 - Mattress retailer Sleep Experts continues its dedication to giving back to the local communities it serves by sharing the gift of sleep with families in need. In Austin, they have donated 30 new beds, with support from Simmons Bedding Company, to families in transition that are part of the Foundation Communities' Children's HOME Initiative (CHI) program.
This donation is the company's first major Austin delivery as part of its Share the Gift of Sleep program that directly benefits families struggling with homelessness, poverty or domestic violence. To date, Sleep Experts has donated more than 9,000 beds totaling $600,000, resulting in more than a million nights of sleep for thousands of families in Texas.
"Families in our CHI program are working hard to rebuild their lives," said Walter Moreau, executive director of Foundation Communities. "A new bed and a good night's sleep can make a big difference for parents and their children during this difficult transition period."
CHI is an 18-month program designed to help homeless families and families at high risk of homelessness find stability and the resources they need to succeed.
Among the families that received new beds are Ricardo and Berenice Garcia. The couple has four children and came into the CHI program since they could not get a break in their finances or find affordable housing. Ricardo was working as a laborer installing flooring, while Berenice was a stay-at-home mom because she could not find affordable daycare to allow her to work. Since they have been a part of the CHI program, their lives have taken on a more positive view. Ricardo has been promoted in his job and is taking on more projects. The youngest kids are in childcare and Mom is able to work part time and still be present in their children’s lives. This is a refreshing success story in these difficult economic times.
About Sleep Experts
Sleep Experts, a mattress retailer with 39 North Texas locations, and 5 Austin locations, with more planned for 2012 as part of their recent expansion, offers a broad selection of innerspring mattresses, foam mattresses and air mattresses, with brands including Tempur-Pedic, ComforPedic, Simmons, Beautyrest, Kingsdown, Sleep Designs, Comfortaire and iMattress. The company's mission is to exceed customers' expectations, and it backs this pledge with a One Year Love Your Mattress Guarantee™. Sleep Experts shares the gift of sleep with families in need by donating customers' old mattresses to area non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.sleepexperts.com or call (888) 55-SLEEP.
About Foundation Communities
Foundation Communities is a local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed. They offer an innovative, proven model that enables thier residents and neighbors to achieve educational success and financial stability. They own and operate 16 properties in Austin and North Texas providing affordable homes to over 2,500 families, create enriched learning environments for over 700 children as well as ongoing adult education and financial coaching, and help over 16,000 low income residents file their taxes free of charge every year returning $27 million in refunds to the local economy. www.foundcom.org