Fishers IKEA wants to help local refugee families by donating 18 full and 33 twin beds and bedding to refugees who are making a fresh start in the area. The 5,000 Dreams program is a community donation initiative focused on supporting the recently arrived refugee families in local IKEA store communities.
“This program has been going on for a couple of years for global IKEA,” said Lesa Grant, loyalty manager at Fishers IKEA. “The idea behind the program is to donate 5,000 beds, pillows and bed textiles to refugees and having all of our stores participate.”
The Fishers store is working with Exodus Refugee Immigration to assist the families.
“We are a local agency here in Indianapolis that helps refugees to settle here from different countries,” said Ali Haddad, housing manager at Exodus. “We help them start their new lives in Indianapolis. We were established in 1981 after the Cuban refugee crisis (when refugees) had arrived as part of the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980.”
According to the company, IKEA works to make the world and local communities a better place by assisting charitable organizations.
“IKEA has a lot of global partners that they work with on different campaigns to benefit different organizations,” Grant said. “They like to bring that down to the local level and having local partners. Their mission is to serve people across the world and make sure we’re creating better lives for people.”
Exodus receives notice from its national office and determines needs based on a family’s arrival date in Indianapolis.
“We usually get two week’s notification from our national office for the refugee families coming to Indianapolis,” Haddad said. “We have a large storage area in our office. People donate household items and then we distribute them to our clients based on the family size and need.”
The beds will be delivered to Exodus in the next few weeks. It also accepts donations of household items. For more, visit exodusrefugee.org.