At Room & Board we are passionate about transforming our communities through partnerships with organizations that support strengthening homes and families. Through our Community Partner program, our stores and delivery centers are empowered to support organizations through fundraising and volunteerism. Our Atlanta market chose Nicholas House as their community partner in late 2014 and have been supporting them ever since by hosting meals in their shelter, donating materials, including bedding, for their housing site and volunteering at the shelter.
The Nicholas House
Nicholas House is a nonprofit agency that operates a transitional housing shelter and apartment sites for homeless families in the Atlanta area. They assist homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a structured, but home-like, environment. Nicholas House (NHI) is committed to assisting its families to attain three goals that form the basis of self-sufficiency:
- Earning a living wage.
- Maintaining the physical, mental and social health of parents and children.
- Maintaining safe and stable housing.
One of Nicholas House’s biggest goals is to keep families intact. They accept homeless families no matter their size and makeup: expectant mothers, single mothers and fathers, couples and their children and large families with as many as 10 members.
Because most shelters are gender-specific, serving only men or women and their children, homelessness often separates family members from each other, often with devastating consequences. Nicholas House strives to keep families together.
Supporting a great cause
Our Atlanta team hosted an event in partnership with YELP. As part of the event, guests were invited to donate $10 at the door with all proceeds going directly to Nicholas House. Representatives from Nicholas House attended to help bring awareness to the important work they do.
We raised $3,623 at the event plus Room & Board gave an additional $5,000 donation to help Nicholas House respond to opportunities and emergencies to help families become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life.
We’re proud to support Nicholas House in the Atlanta area and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come. If you’d like to get involved head on over to their website to learn more.
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