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Boys' home benefits from mattress donations

December 20th, 2011 5:34 am by Staff Report

 Employees of Grand Home Furnishings stores in Johnson City and Kingsport, along with employees of the Grand Home Furnishings Warehouse in Gray, donated and delivered 40 twin mattresses to Free Will Baptist Family Ministries’ group home for boys in Greeneville, Tenn., last week.

   The donation was part of the company’s efforts to offer its communities 100 “grand gestures” on behalf of the Grand Happiness Foundation and Grand’s 100th anniversary.

   Suzy Cloyd, director of human resources at Free Will Baptist Family Ministries, read about the foundation and reached out to the Grand store in her hometown of Johnson City to learn if the organization qualified for a gesture. Store manager George Hamblen quickly enlisted his peers at the Kingsport store and Gray warehouse to ensure that Grand could meet her need for 40 twin mattresses.

   “When we’re able to partner with companies like Grand, we’re able to increase the level of care and ensure the boys are coming into a quality program,” Cloyd said. “This allows us to enhance programs, enhance our physical structure and the environment in general, and allows us to give more to these boys.”

   Youth from throughout the state reside at the boys’ home, which has the distinction of being the only service provider in Tennessee with a Level II Enhanced Alcohol & Drug program for young men. According to the state service providers ratings system, Family Ministries ranks first in placement stability, with the highest percentage of children leaving programs to live in a permanent family setting , and the highest percentage of children successfully remaining in their permanent family setting.

   “As members of the community, we’re really the ones gaining from these programs,” Hamblen said. “It’s very humbling to learn about great services for our youth like Family Ministries, and be able to help ease their financial burden to make it easier for them to do their work for our kids.”

   The Grand Happiness Foundation was founded based on Grand Home Furnishings' century-old belief that happiness begins in the home. The foundation's mission is to bring happiness and hope to those in need, specifically focused on the safety, health and education of women and children in our communit y.

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