Rieke Office Interiors Donates SafeSpace™ Shields to Chicago Homeless Nonprofit A Safe Haven; Female Leaders Show the Power of Kindness Through Donation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn upon the spirit of generosity as business leaders come together to help nonprofits with PPE or funds to aid the most vulnerable. Recently, two visionary women—Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) of Elgin and Neli Vazquez Rowland of A Safe Haven (ASH), a Chicago 501 ©3 nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness—came together to show how the power of kindness can even defeat, in a small way, the brunt of a virus.

Neli Vazquez Rowland, A Safe Haven's president and co-founder, meets with Melissa Kehl, Rieke Office Interior's president. Kehl donated 20 of its SafeSpace™ shields to A Safe Haven.

"Melissa was able to consider her business model and services and apply it to meeting her charitable goals to help make a difference, especially during this difficult time for those of us on the front lines and on behalf the of people we serve at A Safe Haven."

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn upon the spirit of generosity as business leaders come together to help nonprofits with PPE or funds to aid the most vulnerable.

Recently, two visionary women—Melissa Kehl of Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) of Elgin and Neli Vazquez Rowland of A Safe Haven (ASH), a Chicago 501 ©3 nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness—came together to show how the power of kindness can even defeat, in a small way, the brunt of a virus.

ROI in Elgin donated 20 of its SafeSpace™ shields to ASH which will be placed at the nonprofit’s lobby, intake space, education department, and other spaces where the job training and staffing teams can safely do face to face interviews.

Kehl, ROI’s president, personally delivered the shields to Rowland, ASH’s president. After receiving a tour of ASH’s location, Kehl explained how the shields can be adjusted or placed at the spaces that attract the most traffic.

“They have the most amazing program,” she said, “I just took a tour and I'm so impressed on how holistic it is. A Safe Haven doesn’t just solve one problem for the people who need help; it stays with them throughout their whole time of need and I find that to be amazing. You don’t need to do something big to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Rowland and Kehl shared a friendly moment at the nonprofit’s front facing mural. The mural defines the true meaning of generosity.

“Melissa is the type of business leader that I love!,” Rowland said. “She was able to consider her business model and services and apply it to meeting her charitable goals to help make a difference, especially during this difficult time for those of us on the front lines and on behalf the of people we serve at A Safe Haven. Homelessness is something that she shared is a cause she cares about and meeting her and accepting her gift was very significant to her and to all of us. She is truly a kindred spirit. I hope is only the beginning of a long and impactful relationship!”

About Rieke Office Interiors
Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) has an impressive, state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot, office furniture manufacturing facility in Elgin, Illinois. As a certified WBE business in its 27th year, ROI provides innovative products and services that are fully customizable, a unique capability that isn't found anywhere else in the office interior industry. This flexibility allows ROI to create a big impact for any budget, streamlining the project process to make each vision come to life. For more information, visit Rieke.com.

About A Safe Haven:
A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities. For information, visit http://www.asafehaven.org.
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