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Donations needed for Raffle to Support DWC & Project Home

Hello All. The organizers for the Downtown Women’s Center are planning a fundraiser and need your help with raffle prizes! The event will be Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Bungalow Club on Melrose in LA. 12-4 pm. It will be a lunch and fasion show. If anyone can donation services or material prizes (2 hour design consultation, complimentary items, furniture, etc) that could be used in the raffle it would be greatly apprecited! Official flyer and ticket information will be released soon.

ALL proceeds will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center and Project Home. Please help!
Those interested in donating should contact Karen at 310-489-0243 or karen@nestfeathers.org. Thank you!


Downtown Women’s Center looking for donations!

The Downtown Women’s Center, which provides several dozen apartments for homeless women, is in dire need of donations! The requested include headboards, matresses, sofas, sectionals, desks, linens, and so much more. If anyone knows of firms, showrooms, or companies that may be able to help with donations please have them get in touch with Karen at 310-489-0243 or karen@nestfeathers.org. Many thanks!

Upward Bound House has opened!

You may recall that we had written previously about Upward Bound House‘s call for donations. Well, Upward Bound House has now officially opened! The designers, led by the talented Vanessa De Vargas of Turquiose, each received a room to work on with various sizes and design needs. The rooms were designed to accomodate a parent (or parents) and 2 children, sometimes 3. The designers worked completely pro bono and the majority of materials were donated by generous firms and companies.

Many members of the Arc_ID staff attended the opening alongside program students and graduates who put in much time and effort to make the project a reality. We would like to commend Sallie Tchang, Bridgid Coulter, and Rachel Winokur for their hard work with the project. The site is a renovated motel on Washington Boulevard in Culver City. We think this is such a worthy cause and we were honored that our staff and students (former and current) could be a part of it. Please visit Upward Bound House’s website to find out how you can still contribute and help them eradicate homelessness in Los Angeles.


Call for Donations: Upward Bound House, Culver City

From the press release:

Upward Bound House, www.upwardboundhouse.org, provides emergency and transitional housing for children and their parents, serving more than 45 families with minor children each year. The program boasts a 95% success rate of families securing – and retaining – permanent housing. Family homelessness is on the rise across the Los Angeles region. The LA County Department of Public Social Services saw a 40% surge in homeless families between 2008 and 2009. The mission of Upward Bound House is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services and advocacy. Since 1997, more than 1,100 individuals – including over 650 children – have graduated from Upward Bound House and are no longer homeless.

18 designers and individuals have each adopted a room to decorate in a new 18 room family shelter, Upward Bound House, in Culver City due to open Feb 1. Each room will provide temporary housing for 4 families over 1 year which is 72 families each year! We realize it’s a tight timeline, but we are looking for donated items by the end of January. We have received an incredible response from dozens of vendors and individuals already including paint for each room from Benjamin Moore and a Williams Sonoma gift card, Restoration Hardware and Inner Gardens.

We will continue to push major media coverage with national magazines, blogs, TV and radio. And of course, all donations are tax deductible.

LIST OF DESIRED ITEMS is as follows (and keep in mind that each unit needs to have 4 sets of most of what’s listed in the kitchen and bath so each family gets new items but we would be grateful for any contribution):
Small dining tales and chairs, lounge chairs, shelving units, side tables, bedside tables, dressers
3 dishtowels, 1 set of plastic food storage containers (i.e., Tupperware), 4 full sets of re-usable plastic cutlery, cutlery caddy, and 4 thick re-usable plastic plates, bowls and cups
Table, wall and floor lamps
LINENS (4 full sets)
Bed (full & twin), bath (full sets – bath, hand, washcloth), shower curtains
Towel racks, robe/towel/coat hooks, tissue holder
Alarm clock radio
rugs, robes, window treatments, waste baskets, welcome mat, clothes hangers, plants

We look forward to receiving more donations, answering any questions and working with everyone to help make this project a success. Upward Bound House thanks you in advance for your incredible generosity and support in getting us the help we need to make this amazing!”

Every little bit helps! We encourage our students and friends to donate if they can. You can call Upward Bound House at: (310) 458-7779 or email them via the website.