Yes- you read it right! Carpets can actually build hope. Scott Group Custom Carpets found a creative way to align luxury carpet sales with the mission of Habitat Kent. The initial thought was to donate rugs, but the employees found it more beneficial to sell the rugs with all proceeds going to Habitat Kent.
Based on that selfless decision by the employees, $11,000 is now going to #BuildHope as part of Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks Campaign. The campaign is wrapping up this summer and will serve a total of 200 families in 2 years in 5 west side neighborhoods.
“We’re incredibly humbled and grateful for support such as this,” expressed Barb Benda, director of resource development at Habitat Kent.
Mike Ruggeri, the president of Scott Group was quick to give all credit to the employees who transformed an idea to $11,000 towards Grand Rapids families in need of decent, affordable, housing. On their Facebook page Scott Group stated, “We are happy that many employees were able to put those carpets to good use, but it is doubly satisfying to know that everyone at Scott Group was able to join together to provide financial support to such a worthy organization.”
(Barbara Benda of Habitat Kent with staff from Scott Group at the check presentation)
Scott Group reached out to Habitat, initiated their fundraiser, and did so with a spirit of selflessness all along the way. Their forward thinking shows the importance of creative volunteers and donors that help change homeowners' lives.
“The support and energy of the staff was amazing,” said Benda while visiting with their staff for the check presentation. And there’s an inexplicable, inspiring beauty in that support when a team can bring their own skill set to serve others. In the case of Scott Group, their skill-set and natural talent was carpet sales. What’s yours?
In my short time here at Habitat, I've been inspired by the numerous amount of stories of hardworking volunteers, families, and staff. My prayer is that in my position as Community Outreach and Marketing Assistant, I can do these stories justice.