Simmons Bedding partnered with Sleep Country/Mattress Discounters to replace 31 beds in the Jubilee Women’s Center, a non-profit that helps women transition from homelessness into independent living. The company has also donated Comforpedic From Beautyrest™ mattresses to two recent graduates of the center, who were robbed of all their possessions while preparing to move into their new residences.
After learning of the plight of Bernida Simmons and Celeste Tanner, whose moving truck containing all of their personal belongings was stolen in the midst of their move to independent residences, Simmons Bedding, in partnership with one of its leading Seattle retailers, Sleep Country/Mattress Discounters, quickly reached out to Jubilee Women’s Center, with an offer to donate replacement mattresses for the women, as well as supply the organizations’ sleeping quarters with brand new beds. In the spirit of “paying it forward”, Bernida Simmons, who currently owns a mattress, will be donating her new Comforpedic mattress to the Jubilee Women’s Center to be auctioned off at the nonprofit’s charity fundraiser, a gift estimated to yield up to $2,500.
“Getting recharging sleep is critical for anyone to be able to tackle the day – even in the best of circumstances,” says Scott Smalling, Chief of Specialty Innovation at Simmons, who was the first to learn of Ms. Simmons and Ms. Tanner’s situation from a local Seattle newscast. “Jubilee gives these women the resources they need to make over their lives. The least we can do is help make over their beds.”
“Sleep Country/Mattress Discounters is honored to work with Simmons Bedding on making this donation happen,” says Jarrett Tomalin, Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator at Sleep Country USA. “Organizations like Jubilee are making a huge impact on the lives of the women they serve, which makes our community a better place for all.”
Through training, community housing and support services, Jubilee Women’s Center provides women exhausted by the struggles of poverty with the skills they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The thirty-one new mattresses will replace all of the beds currently used in the organization’s two community-housing buildings, which previously could accommodate 27 women.
“We are so grateful for the mattresses provided by Simmons Bedding,” says Cheryl Senson, Director of Jubilee Women’s Center. “This donation will enable us to better serve the women who pass through our doors looking for safety, security and comfort. Simmons Bedding is providing a comfortable place for our residents to rest and recharge as they prepare for stable and fulfilling futures.”
About Simmons Bedding Company: Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding Company is one of the world's largest mattress producers and the maker of Beautyrest®. Simmons manufactures and markets a broad range of products including Beautyrest®, Beautyrest TruEnergy®, Beautyrest Black®, ComforPedic from Beautyrest™, Natural Care® and BeautySleep®. Simmons operates 17 conventional bedding manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Simmons also serves as a supplier of beds to many of the world's leading hotel groups and resort properties.
About Sleep Country USA: Founded in 1991, Sleep Country USA is an employee owned company with over 80 locations in the Northwest. Sleep Country sells brand name mattresses such as, Tempur-Pedic®, Sealy®, Serta®, Simmons® and Stearns & Foster®. In addition to mattresses, they offer a variety of foundations, movable beds and headboards. Sleep Country’s staff is well trained and knowledgeable, allowing them to help customers make informed purchase decisions. The company guarantees customers will find the best selection for the lowest prices at any Sleep Country location.
About Jubilee Women’s Center: Jubilee Women’s Center is a non-profit organization that provides safe and affordable community housing, support services and training to women suffering from poverty. Jubilee’s mission is “to support women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time.” Each year, Jubilee helps approximately 50 homeless women, with a median age of 52, transition out of homelessness. An additional 1,200 access their referral services, computer lab, classes, workshops and clothing boutique. The organization was founded in 1983 and is located in Seattle, Washington.