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Gay Homeless Shelter Wins $10,000 IKEA Makeover in Atlanta

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Gay Homeless Shelter Wins $10,000 IKEA Makeover in Atlanta

Congrats are in order for Georgia’s three time “Best LGBT Nonprofit” winner. Lost N Found operates a homeless youth drop-in center, a thrift & consignment shop, and a 6-bed housing facility in Atlanta that will be looking pretty fancy pretty soon.

via Project Q:
Lost N Found is one of 43 charities across the U.S. to receive the grants as part of the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Two other Atlanta-based charities – International Rescue Committee and Kilombo Academic & Cultural Institution – will receive an IKEA product donation as first and second runners up.

The IKEA makeover, which also includes donations of IKEA products, will help Lost N Found as it works to turn a massive three-story building in Midtown into an expansive shelter and workspace for the organization. In 2013, the non-profit inked a 20-year lease for $1 per year with Saint Mark United Methodist Church, the LGBT-inclusive church that owns the 7,000-square-foot structure that was built in 1904.

Rick Westbrook, LNF’s executive director, said the IKEA makeover will help furnish the new space once it opens.

“We are extremely thankful for IKEA’s support of our mission,” Westbrook said Tuesday in a Facebook post. “I especially want to thank IKEA employee Anna Seiler for being our champion. This makeover is very much needed and with IKEA’s help, we will be able to create a warm and welcoming space for homeless LGBTQ youth.”

How the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Works:

Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee — at each store — selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote for online. The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive an IKEA product donation.

Keep your favorite organization on your list to persuade IKEA employees next year!

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