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Mattress By Appointment Donates Bed To Young Adult Exiting Foster Care

Oct 12, 2018 09:13AM ● By Kathleen Maris
Mattress By Appointment of Greenville, in the company's philanthropic partnership with Pendleton Place, donated a queen mattress and corresponding frame to a 19-year-old female in the Connections Count program at Pendleton Place. After years spent in foster care, the teen recently aged out of the system and was faced with the realities of providing for herself and living independently. In addition to the chaos of finding a place to live and getting on her feet, she also had limited resources to begin this new stage of life, one of which was the lack of a bed.

“As any parent can attest, quality sleep is important in the lives of children. It plays a significant role in academic performance and provides a sense of stability. But on a fundamental level, having a place to rest your head is profoundly important when life throws so many variables your way. At Mattress by Appointment, we couldn’t imagine not doing everything in our power to help children in need,” says CEO Edwin Shoffner.

Mattress By Appointment, LLC began its partnership with Pendleton Place in efforts to equip children, adolescents and families with resources to rebuild successful lives. The company continues its pledge to donate mattresses to those who need them as they age out of the foster care system.

“Pendleton Place is extremely excited about its partnership with Mattress by Appointment, which has graciously agreed to provide mattresses to young adults who do not have a comfortable bed to call their own. As our Independent Living Specialist works with clients to secure safe housing, we can match at-risk youth with the mattresses donated as a result of this partnership,” says Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell, connections count director. “Our clients have been through incredible amounts of trauma and finding a bed to sleep in should not be another burden on their shoulders.”