Kris from Chicago, IL

I'm newly employed, out of the shelter, & in my own apartment! I need a bed for my son.

My teenage son and I just moved into a one-bedroom apartment and he needs a bed. He is on the honor roll and needs a comfortable place to sleep.


Kris received her furniture! Dec 5, 2013

We're thrilled that Kris has received her furniture. Thanks to a generous in-kind donation, not only was she able to get a brand new pull-out sofa for her son to sleep on, but she had extra funds to finish furnishing her apartment.

Kris says:

Thank you to all the Benevolent supporters who helped me make my home wonderful! You all sincerely made my year and helped me to know that there are good people who truly care out there. Be blessed!

Here are the pictures of Kris' new furnishings:

Kris' coffee table and sofaKris' sofa and rugKris' dresser


I need a sofa bed or a futon for my teenage son. He is on the honor roll. I only have a one bedroom apartment, so at this time we need a sofa bed or futon. Right now he is sleeping on an air mattress in the living room and though we have to make do for now, I would like him to have a more restful sleep. I am putting money into savings every month, but I don't want him to get far into the school year with bad sleep.

Meeting this need will help me because I would need a few months to be able to save for this furniture but by then we might be half way through his junior year and I would like him to have a comfortable place to sleep.

My goal is to be able to take the savings we would have used for this purchase and put it towards a fund for my son to be the first in our family to go to college instead.

My current situation is that my son and I have just moved out of a shelter after going between four different ones over the last three years. We have a one bedroom apartment.

I'm from the south side of Chicago, though I've lived throughout the Midwest.

I'm most proud of my son.

Something interesting about me is my love of learning and willingness to grow. Because of that, I like to read a great deal.

I'm happiest when I have quiet time alone. Life can get hectic, but moments to calmly sit with your thoughts and yourself is wonderful.

Need funded!

Thank you for helping Kris fund this need.

$560of $560

Need funded!

2 supporters


This need has been validated by Lauren from The Cara Program

Recent supporters

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Validated by Lauren from The Cara Program (What does this mean?)

We met when Kris began with The Cara Program in January of 2013. When Kris first enrolled in our program, she did not have custody yet of her son due to the shelter situation and the fact that teenage boys are not allowed in many shelters with women--even abuse survivors. Within two months, I watched her press through court appointments and complete every task set before her to restore her family. If there is one thing I know about Kris, it is that she is determined and truly loves her son.

I think meeting this need is important because we all know that it can be challenging to make a house a home and how important restful sleep is to a teenager especially.

About Lauren

My job title is Individual Development Specialist, a combination of a job coach and case manager. I have been in this position since September 2011. My work involves providing career coaching and generalized case management services for individuals who have just become employed to ensure progress… Read more