CBI recently partnered with a number of industry and local organizations to provide furniture for the Veteran’s Bridge Home Salute to Service lounge in Charlotte, North Carolina. Veterans Bridge Home is a non-profit organization that connects Veterans and their families in any state of transition to the community. Through their network of partners, they help Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. The Salute to Service Lounge serves as a community gathering center for the men and women who have served in the US Military and provides them with any, and all resources that they need in order to transition to civilian life.
CBI Associates, Kelly Oester and Sophie Randleman led this project and worked with Blake Bourne and Steve Cole of Veteran’s Bridge Home, as well as industry, partners like DRP, Little, the Carolina Panthers and Lowe’s to outfit the space and provide solutions to help the organization meet its operational goals. Sixty percent of the furniture that completed the space was donated, and solutions provided were inclusive of lounge furniture, private office and collaborative solutions.
Kelly Oester says, “This was a true CBI team effort to make this project come to life. Connie Engelbrecht and Madi Seigler were instrumental in securing decommissioned furniture for us to contribute to the project. CBI was also extremely generous with their donation allowing us to ‘shop’ the CBI warehouse for items that would work in the space. In total, CBI contributed approximately $77,000 in furniture and project management services to support this cause.”
Last week, Veteran’s Home Bridge hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to show off their new space. The event was attended by local Senators, Lowes and Panthers leadership and members from the CBI, DRP and Little teams who helped with the project.
“This was truly one of the most rewarding projects that I have had the pleasure and honor of working on. The passion, dedication and vision that Blake and his team had for this center was the driving force that pushed CBI to do everything in our power to make the lounge a place that not only our Veterans deserve, but also a place where they could relax, work and seek the services that they need,” says Kelly.
CBI was proud to be part of this collaborative effort to support the Veteran’s Bridge Home organization and was thrilled to see the excitement the Charlotte community had for this great cause.
Learn more about Veteran’s Bridge Home and how you can support their mission by visiting https://veteransbridgehome.org/.