Rene’s Van & Storage Inc., L.A.'s Oldest Moving Company, Receives Praise from Pen + Napkin Charity

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“For the last two years, we have proudly been a sponsor for Pen + Napkin, a nonprofit that helps furnish the homes of families’ transitions out of homelessness” – Marshall Lambert, President of Rene’s Van & Storage

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Rene’s Van & Storage, Inc. a family-owned business, California’s oldest licensed moving company that’s been around since 1933, and a recent winner of the Best of Los Angeles Award for “Best Moving & Storage - 2019” gave back to the community this year with the aid of the Pen + Napkin charity.

“For the last two years, we have proudly been a sponsor for Pen + Napkin, a nonprofit that helps furnish the homes of families’ transitions out of homelessness,” explains Marshall Lambert, President of Rene’s Van & Storage, “and this year we hosted a mini rummage sale in our lot! In 2018, Emily Henderson kickstarted the idea and it was so incredibly successful, it resulted in 7 family homes being fully furnished and decorated. So, we wanted to do it again.”

Pen + Napkin is a 501c3 approved California Non-Profit design community that furnishes and decorates homes for families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

"When I first walked into Rene's Van & Storage, I was nervous because it was the first time a company reached out to me and showed interest in helping Pen + Napkin,” explains Catie Brouchard, President of Pen + Napkin, “I was invited to their warehouse to see how we could partner up and serve the community together. I didn't realize how massive their storage facility was. I had never seen so many vaults in my life, and I was actually a bit intimidated.

However, the team quickly bonded and set to work on the upcoming event. “We sat down and discussed some of Pen + Napkin's expansion and impact goals,” continues Brouchard, “Marshall started giving me advice and encouragement right away, and any intimidation that I walked in with immediately left and I felt like I was talking with family. It was the beginning of a beautiful mentor-ship.”

Pen + Napkin is a supportive resource to local transitional centers that offer long-term rehabilitation programs, services, and spiritual care to ensure the success of each family’s transition into their home. They have helped over 70 families fully furnish and decorate their homes and as their community grows, their mission has become multiplying their impact all around the world. People that are interested in helping can donate goods, volunteer their time, join the tribe of designers, or they can sponsor a room or an entire home. Any funding Pen + Napkin receives will go towards advancing their mission to see creative professionals volunteer their time to fully furnishing and decorating a home catered specifically to the family’s wants and needs. They personalize each room, tailor each element and make every space both functional and beautiful.

"Pen + Napkin has served over 77 families and we have tripled our impact in serving families. We now fully furnish 2 homes a month. These provide the storage needed to serve families in that area with furnishings,” concludes Brouchard, “Rene's saying yes to us gave us the confidence we needed to keep approaching more companies and churches about helping our expansion. They are invaluable to the success and growth of Pen + Napkin, and we are so grateful for the continued support and friendship their company has provided. They are more than a family owned company. To us, they are just family.”

Interested parties who want to donate goods or coordinate a drop off should email ellyn(at)penandnapkin(dot)org or donations(at)penandnapkin(dot)org.

Rene’s Van & Storage, Inc.
4563 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(310) 652-2200

info(at)penandnapkin(dot)org | @penandnapkinorg | #penandnapkinorg
(661) 206-5232

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