Partnership Review: CORT and Shelters to Shutters in 2020

“What is a home?” There’s a question that doesn’t come across our minds too often. But when most of us pause and take the time to think of what a “home” is, an image of some sort of structure pops up in our thoughts.

Whether your idea of the perfect residence is a modest apartment in the city, a quiet cabin in the mountains, or a palatial mansion fit for Beverly Hills, there’s a need that we all have for some kind of covered space that’s capable of protecting us from the elements and keeping us safe from the outside world when we need it.

Many people in this country don’t know this experience and consider a “covered structure” to be different from what most of us would call “home.” There are even more that will potentially face a similar circumstance due to job loss. According to HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count, seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019.

Because of this, CORT is proud to partner with Shelters to Shutters (S2S). S2S works with its network to connect individuals and families facing homelessness with employment and housing opportunities at their properties. Through the partnership, Shelters to Shutters participants receive a CORT Essentials Houseware Kit designed to ease the transition from shelter housing to independent living with items such as furniture, bedding, cookware, and linens.

Since beginning our work together in 2017, CORT has provided every S2S participant with furniture and an Essentials Housewares Kit for their home.

In addition to being named S2S’ Program Partner of the Year in 2020, CORT has donated over $100,000 in furnishings and housewares essentials to S2S recipients since beginning our partnership together.

CORT [has] gone above and beyond this year to embrace our mission company-wide, rally around the individuals and families we serve, and support the S2S staff and vision,” said Andy Helmer, CEO of Shelters to Shutters.

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