Reclaimed wood furniture company Lamon Luther hires homeless people to create jobs and help them rebuild their lives. Founded in 2012, the company has provided over 78,000 hours of work and reclaimed over 240,000 pounds of waste that would have ended up in the landfill. But they still want to do more. Founder Brian Preston's goal is to hire 100 homeless craftsmen by 2017, and to do that, he's offering a giveaway: a beautiful tiny home worth $30,000.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2015 there were around 564,708 homeless people in the United States, but over 75 percent of them would be able to work if they had the opportunity.
Brian Preston originally decided to start Lamon Luther, named after his grandfather, to help homeless friends that found it hard to obtain a job elsewhere. His first employee, TC, had been homeless for 15 years. Preston realized having a job could provide the boost a person needs to get off the streets. The company has been very successful so far, partnering with West Elm and making tables for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but they need a boost to accomplish their goal of providing more jobs for the homeless.
The giveaway will enable Preston to further develop the Lamon Luther Foundation to provide housing for homeless employees, hire more employees, and find a more permanent location for their work.
Employees hired through the foundation will pay some of their rent until they establish a good history, and the foundation will help supply necessities like clothing, food, and toiletries. Lamon Luther employees also give back by setting aside a small part of their weekly pay to help future employees.
Preston said, “We believe that homeless people can add tremendous value to society. Craftsmanship is an incredible tool to restore dignity and hope for those affected. In addition to making tables and other furniture pieces, we get asked to build tiny houses all the time. What better way to share our vision for housing for homeless people than seeing the boom of the tiny house market and applying our unique skill and passion to a custom house giveaway?”
The 232 square foot home is finished with gorgeous reclaimed wood. For $20, you can enter the giveaway once. If you’d like to increase your chances, you can donate $40 for six entries or $100 for 15 entries. You can enter the giveaway here. The winner will be selected on May 10.
Images courtesy of Lamon Luther