Family Haven is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to individuals and their children who have experienced family violence.
Through Stockings with Care, toys and holiday goodies were provided in stockings to the children at Family Haven.
“This project was especially fulfilling to host this Christmas,” said P.E.S.T. Relief International Founder Andrea Hancock, who is also vice president of Mattress Safe. “We hope that our efforts spread comfort and joy to the courageous women who have taken a step towards freedom in their lives. Partnering with other companies helps us to effectively achieve our mission as professionals who empower, sustain and transform lives.”
Family Haven recently recovered from a bed bug infestation. In order to protect 34 new mattresses at Family Haven, encasements from Mattress Safe were donated as well.
Another company local to Family Haven, A+ Exteriors in Suwanee, Ga., helped provide the gifts and stockings, and also enlisted employees to write notes of encouragement in the included Christmas cards.
With an acronym that stands for Professionals Empowering, Sustaining and Transforming, P.E.S.T. Relief International was founded in 2013 by Hancock, who was moved to start the 501(c)(3) organization after a mission trip to Honduras.
P.E.S.T. Relief International plans to build a home in Atlanta, Ga., for boys ages 8-12 and hopes to break ground in the fall of 2022. A+ Exteriors has volunteered to helped with the home’s roof.
Most recently, the nonprofit charity encouraged the pest management industry to contribute to the massive need for masks for those who are caring for the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among its other projects are donating bed bug service to a local family in need in Atlanta, Ga.; providing clean bedding and more to a youth shelter in Denver, Colo.; helping residents of a Salvation Army shelter in Atlanta; and co-piloting a REST program in Florida, to name just a few.