(Many thanks to Caitlin Powell Design for adapting my logo!)
Pillows for Good is a little piece of my heart. From the early planning stages of August Blues Slipcover Studio, I have hoped to be able to give back/pay forward the gift that this business has been to me and my family. Skip ahead to last year and the revelations about the refugee crisis growing across the Middle East grabbed my attention like few news stories ever have. I read everything I could get my hands on and, while I worked on slipcovers, listened to webinars from key organizations who are working in that part of the world.
I was introduced to the work of Preemptive Love, in particular. Their philosophy of waging peace in conflict zones (Iraq, Iran, and Libya) by loving first and meeting the needs of the people they come in contact with, resonated with the faith perspective I grew up with (you can read more about their story and work here). There were other connections for me, but when I found out they were providing Empowerment Grants for families whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, I knew this was the opportunity I had been waiting for. There are several things about these grants that I love: the grants come out of relationships that Preemptive Love staff have developed with people they meet, the businesses that these grants fund are specifically designed to support and meet needs in the larger community, and the relationships are ongoing so follow-up happens naturally (read some of the stories here).