GREENVILLE, SC - Mattress By Appointment, and CEO Edwin Shoffner, generously donated a miraculous gift to a young woman and child who were transitioning out of the foster care system and without beds. In the company’s philanthropic partnership with Pendleton Place, MBA was able to provide these individuals with two mattresses to accommodate their needs.
Mattress By Appointment of Greenville donated one queen mattress and one twin mattress, each with corresponding frames, to a young adolescent female and her daughter who were both in the Connections Count program at Pendleton Place. After progressing out of the foster care system, the two are faced with the challenges of independent living and beginning a new life with no resources or necessities. Due to the philanthropic values rooted in the company, Mattress By Appointment was thrilled to have the opportunity to help this young woman and child get on their feet.
“Pendleton Place was so thankful to be able to supply a young mother in need with mattresses and bed frames for her and her daughter. With a history of foster care and limited social support, this young woman has been working tirelessly to earn a management position at her place of work and saved enough money to finally have her own space to raise her daughter. Though the costs of acquiring an apartment can add up quickly and deplete one’s financial resources, Pendleton Place has been able to ease the financial strain on this family as they begin this exciting new chapter together through gracious local partners like Mattress By Appointment,” says Joshua Crocker, Independent Living Specialist at Connections Count.
Mattress By Appointment, LLC began its partnership with Pendleton Place in efforts to equip children, adolescents and families with resources to rebuild successful lives. The company continues its pledge to donate mattresses to those who need them as they age out of the foster care system.
“Quality sleep is important in the lives of everyone, especially children. Sleep plays a
significant role in academic performance, energy levels, stress management and overall sense of stability. However, above all, having a place to rest your head every night is profoundly important when the moments spent awake are especially trying. At Mattress By Appointment, we couldn't imagine not doing everything in our power to help individuals in need,” says Shoffner.
About Connections Count at Pendleton Place
The Connections Count program at Pendleton Place seeks to break the cycle of poverty and abuse through comprehensive service coordination, case planning for self-sufficiency, and coaching for youth transitioning out of foster care as well as runaway and homeless youth.
In 2015, 227 young adults aged out of foster care in South Carolina, approximately 30 to 40 of them in Greenville County. Overnight, these young adults no longer have transportation, stable housing, healthcare, financial assistance, or a social worker to call in a time of crisis. Without a mother, father or caring family member, our clients at Connections Count begin adulthood without family supports.
Nationally, 1 in 5 youth who age out of foster care experience homelessness. In South Carolina that number is 1 in 4. Pendleton Place is currently working, in partnership with United Housing Connections, to open a youth drop-in center to address the basic, immediate needs of this population, including access to hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, computer labs, and more.
About Mattress by Appointment, LLC Mattress by Appointment, LLC, owned by Edwin Shoffner, is a national mattress retail business consisting of over 300 locations throughout the United States. Shoffner broke away from the old and outdated retail business models in order to create a new, transformative model that changes the lives of both consumers and business owners alike. Wanting to make a difference has been a driving force behind Shoffner’s company, which has experienced exponential growth year over year under his leadership.