A Community Comes Together to Change Lives

A Community Comes Together to Change Lives

When the manager of several Starbucks stores learned her employee was in need, she and her husband rallied an entire community to provide for their needs.

Last August, Starbucks manager Jamie Mitchell learned that one of her employees was in a desperate situation, having fled a domestic abuse situation with his children and nothing but the clothes on their backs. The manager contacted Starbucks Corporation’s Cup Fund, a charity formed by employees who round up their personal purchases to help others. The Cup Fund provided funds to help the family find an apartment and cover two months’ rent. However, the family had no possessions – no beds, no couch, no chairs. The three of them shared one plate and one cup for meals.

When Jamie’s husband Jason Mitchell, LMS property manager for Regency at the Woods of South Barrington, learned of the family, he shared the story with friends and residents Sandy and Larry Garifo. The group wanted to do more for the family to help them get on their feet. They sent an email to residents of the luxury community association, and the response was astonishing. Several residents donated furniture, dishes, tables, clothing and much more.

Through the absolute generosity of the homeowners at the Regency, the family now has a fully furnished home, clothes, beds, couches, silverware, cups, plates, and a television. They also have a large enough financial donation to put a down payment on a used vehicle to get back and forth to work. “Simply put, this is what it means to nurture the human spirit,” says Jason Mitchell. “When a community of people comes together, lives can be changed.”