Bob’s Discount Furniture presents Random Act of Kindness checks to Detroit area community organizations

Ah, Detroit! Home of automobiles, Mo-town, and now… Bob’s Discount Furniture!

Metro Detroit has extended me and my store associates with such an incredibly warm welcome. That’s why I wanted to give back in a major way while I was in Southeast Michigan opening four new stores in May. I opened brand-new locations in Livonia, Novi, Shelby Township and Taylor.

The staff at the Livonia, MI store cut the ribbon to mark the official grand opening | Bob's Discount Furniture
The team at the Livonia store celebrates after cutting the ribbon.

Every store we open starts by partnering with two schools in the local community.

William Salisbury presents Novi High School principal Nicole Carter with a Random Acts of Kindness check | Bob's Discount Furniture
Novi High School principal Nicole Carter accepts a Random Act of Kindness check from William Salisbury, a store manager at my Novi, MI location.

In Detroit, my Outreach team went a bit further. In addition to supporting 9 local schools, I also had the pleasure of supporting three community organizations fighting homelessness in the region. In total across all four grand openings, I donated $52,000 to Detroit area non-profit organizations.

Random Acts of Kindness check presentation at the Taylor, MI store to Kinyon Elementary School | Bob's Discount Furniture

Jason Mizrahi (right), store manager at my Taylor, MI location presents Kinyon Elementary School principal Susan Sweet with a Random Acts of Kindness check.
Fred Rumberger presents a Random Act of Kindness check to Rob Witherspoon | Bob's Discount Furniture

Fred Rumberger (right), store manager at my Livonia, MI location presents Cleveland Elementary School principal Rob Witherspoon with a Random Acts of Kindness check.

First up to show up was Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), who brought two individuals to my Livonia Grand Opening to shop for furniture for their new homes. One of those individuals, Amber Miller, had her eye on some of my sparkly pieces. I can’t blame her!

“Shout out to COTS. I appreciate you guys,” said Miller. “Thank you to Bob’s Furniture.

Out-Wayne Shelter Program takes a shopping trip to the Livonia, MI store | Bob's Discount Furniture
Members of the Out-Wayne Shelter Program pick out furniture from my store for their facility.

Next up, I had the pleasure of greeting Julie Ratekin from the Out-Wayne Shelter Program and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. Two members of her program came along too and picked out furniture to be delivered to their shelter facilities in June. 

“We were able to connect Bob’s to local homeless shelters to help provide those much-needed furniture items,” said Ratekin. 

With Ratekin’s assistance, we were put in touch with First Step, an organization committed to supporting peaceful families and safe communities by providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. When we reached out to them they were thrilled to have our support. Copper Drip table lamps and Mystic Bay black nightstands were selected for each of their living spaces, providing a home-like and welcoming feel for each of their client’s rooms.

I’m happy to say that the delivery was completed on July 2nd and the residents are enjoying their new furniture.

Lastly, I invited Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan to celebrate with me at my Grand Opening and receive a donation to support safe and thriving neighborhoods all around our stores and metro Detroit.

Bob’s executives present local community partners including Rebuilding Together, Inc. with Random Act of Kindness Checks in its efforts to support secure and thriving communities in the region.
 

About the author / Bob

I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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