Raising a two-year-old can be challenging. But doing so as a grandmother who has disabilities, unable to work and lives on a fixed income, and it might seem impossible. That was recently the case confronting Signal Centers of Chattanooga. Signal Centers, along with the City of Chattanooga and BlueCross BlueShield’s Tennessee Health Foundation, operate Baby University, a program that helps young mothers and works to strengthen families.

The grandmother was unable to afford bedroom furniture for her grandson.  According to Baby University Specialist April Rentzsch, “With her fixed income it was unlikely that she ever could.  All his toys, shoes and clothing were neatly folded in his closet but his bedroom was completely without any furniture.”

That’s when Ms. Rentzch turned to Chattanooga Goodwill and Vice President of Mission Services Cyndee Sims, who put a call out to local Goodwill stores for a chest of drawers. Goodwill often helps people in emergency need through its Voucher Program.

Not only a chest, but an entire bedroom suite (including a bed frame, dresser, armoire and two night stands) were located at the Hwy. 58 Goodwill Store. The furniture was set aside and given to Signal Centers for the client at no cost.

“The client was so grateful to have a bedroom suite for her grandson, transforming an empty bedroom into a more comfortable living space,” Ms. Rentzch said. “The Hwy 58 Goodwill store was truly a blessing to this devoted grandmother and her sweet grandson!”

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