ATLANTA, April 18, 2016 — IKEA announced today that Lost-n-Found Youth was a winner of the company’s Life Improvement Challenge. LNFY will receive an IKEA makeover at the building currently under renovation in Midtown Atlanta. The Challenge is a company initiative that gives IKEA US co-workers the opportunity to nominate and vote on a local charity to win an IKEA makeover of a space that helps to improve the lives of others in the local community. 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 IKEA gift cards.
“We are extremely thankful for IKEA’s support of our mission,” said LNFY Executive Director Rick Westbrook. “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.”
The building located on Juniper Street will be the future location of a new emergency shelter and youth drop-in center. This 6,000 square-foot facility will triple Lost-n-Found Youth’s capacity to 18 beds. The house, which has been sitting boarded up for many years, will require a complete renovation. LNFY is currently conducting a capital campaign to raise funds for the project. To learn more about how you can support LNFY’s capital campaign, contact Rick Westbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation at LNFY.org/brick-by-brick.