Proof of Concept

Thanks to all of our AGNS Volunteers who helped out with our 1st Bed Drop at the Downtown Women’s Center

Our proof of concept project focused on raising money, initiating strategic partnerships, and executing the procurement of beds and bedding essentials for an organization in the Los Angeles area that works with people transitioning out of homelessness into permanent housing.

Project

While there are plenty of organizations that need beds we chose the LA Downtown Women’s Center (LADWC) as our first recipient. The mission of the LADWC is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. They provide over 50,000 meals, 47 permanent supportive housing apartments, and a wide array of health, education, and other supportive services to more than 2500 homeless and very low-income women each year.

Due to the economic downturn The Downtown Women’s Shelter is short in their capital campaign to open their new building in Downtown LA. Our goal was to alleviate one aspect of their budget by providing 63 full-size beds, 16 twin-size beds, and all necessary bedding essentials by December 2010 to provide 79 women with permanent housing and support an 8 bed day room center for daily walk-ins.

Goal

A few of the 79 mattresses, box springs, and frames that were delivered for our Proof of Concept Project.

  • Raise approximately $40,000 through individuals and corporate donations in our personal & professional networks.
  • Deliver 63 Full-Size Beds & 16 Twin-Size beds plus all necessary bedding essentials to the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Shelter by December 2010 for use in their new building.

Outcome

  • Raised over $60,000 in 8 weeks from individuals and corporations in our personal & professional networks. This far exceeded our expectations.
  • Delivered 63 Full-Size & 16 Twin-Size bed sets which included mattresses, box springs, & frames on December 7, 2010.
  • Delivered 63 Full-Size & 16 Twin-Size bedding sets that included fitted & flat sheets, pillows and pillowcases. We coordinated the color schemes of all bedding sets to match the 5 different themed resident rooms.
  • All Bed & Bedding sets were delivered during a formal AGNS Bed Drop on December 7, 2010 with approximately 15 volunteers donating their time to get all 79 beds delivered, setup, and made for the grand opening celebrations of the LA Downtown Women’s Center the following day.