“How do you sleep at night?” has become a rhetorical question in our society.  But for some in our community, it’s not rhetorical at all.  At Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, providing safe, healthy homes to single moms and their kids is a top priority. Amy Sharp, Manager of the Mattress Firm on the corner of Caton Farm Road and Route 59, put it best. ” Some of these women and children may have never had a bed that is a safe place to call their own.  Without a good night’s sleep, your bones and muscles don’t recover from the day and grow, nor do the learning and memory paths form properly in your brain.”

Many of the women and children at Lamb’s Fold come from out of a need to flee a domestic relationship. Often leaving with little or nothing. Amy shared, “I have been aware of the good that Lamb’s Fold does for some time.  A friend of mine was escaping a domestic violence situation and stayed in the program.  She was so grateful for everything that was done for her and her 4 boys.”

With Amy’s help Lamb’s Fold received 12 new mattresses, box springs and bed frames last Monday. “I believe in giving back to the community and area in which you live. There is nothing more wonderful than being able to help with something that so many take for granted, a comfortable bed to call their own.”

There is an ongoing need for mattresses at Lamb’s Fold. Every mother and child who enters the program receives a brand new bed of their own.  This allows the families to be able to leave the program with ownership of their own safe bed. It’s not just a matter of financially helping them furnish a new home of their own, but it provides stability and security for the children, who need it so much.

Now, “How do you sleep at night?” doesn’t seem like such an assumed rhetorical question, rather a real issue many in our community face each day.

There are many ongoing needs at Lamb’s Fold from food, to rent and utilities, to paper products, and diapers. It takes individuals like Amy, Mike Sullivan, Mattress Firm Regional VP of Sales and Louis Portillo, Mattress Firm Regional VP of Sales Integration, and organizations like Mattress Firm encouraging all their employees to give back to address abuse and homelessness in our area.  If you are interested in helping Lamb’s Fold, please check out our list of current needs online. Thank you for addressing this critical issue happening right here in our community!

Also, Amy will be giving away something you might not want to miss out on at the golf event on October 29, 2016, ant Inwood Golf Course.  If you’re interested in golfing or learning more about Lamb’s Fold, please visit LambsFold.org for more information.  If you’re unable to stop by on October 29th, next time you drive by Mattress Firm on Caton Farm and Rt. 59, please stop in and thank Amy for her efforts to help improve our community.

Mattress Firm deliveryAmy Sharp, center, and two team members deliver beds to Lamb’s Fold.

Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children serves homeless and abused women and their children by providing them supportive housing, personalized recovery services, and assisting them to achieve self-sufficiency. The organization was founded in 1981 to help women experiencing unexpected pregnancies and has grown to help all types of single mothers. In 2011, Lamb’s Fold transitioned the shelter program from one central location in Joliet to a community-based program. Now, families are sheltered in single-family homes throughout the community. To learn more, please visit www.LambsFold.org.

With more than 3,600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based MFRM is the nation’s leading specialty bedding retailer offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products. Mattress Firm is an organization the believes that we should all Give Big!  More information is available at www.mattressfirm.com.