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CHR partners with Furnish With Care on unit project

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Elizabeth Piersol, director and interior designer of Furnish With Care, and Community Housing and Resources Executive Director Melissa Rice.

Community Housing and Resources provides affordable housing to families and individuals who work and or serve the islands. With the generosity of donors and supporters throughout the year, CHR strives to enhance the lives of families in economic need.

A current project included the renovation of a three-bedroom two-bath residence at its Airport Way community. Unit 418 was completely renovated with new plank tile flooring, cabinetry, countertops, appliances, plumbing and lighting fixtures.

“We are very grateful for all of the community support CHR receives which allows us to provide affordable housing to our islands workforce, seniors and disabled,” Executive Director Melissa Rice said.

As part of the renovation, CHR announced a partnership with a new island-based non-profit, Furnish With Care. Furnish With Care interviewed the family to determine its needs and, with volunteer labor, created and executed a design plan including interior design, furnishing and installation to create a welcoming nurturing home in the unit.

“It was a natural fit for the two organizations to work together. We are proud of our collaborative efforts,” Rice said. “This is a great example of what can happen when not-for-profits, both new and long established, work together to benefit the community.”


“CHR and Furnish With Care both believe in empowering individuals and families in need, and working together these two organizations can further that goal,” she added. “It is a unique opportunity for these non-profits to partner and reach a larger audience, especially during women’s history month.”

Elizabeth Piersol, director and interior designer of Furnish With Care, started the non-profit to make a house a home for families and individuals in economic need.

“Melissa, CHR and our island community have been incredibly supportive of this idea and have so generously given their time, experience and knowledge to this new organization,” she said. “Furnish With Care is four months old, CHR has been established for 40 years and Melissa has mentored and guided us through each step.”

“We hope to use our experience as a model, and extend this collaboration to partner with other non-profits on Sanibel and in Lee County,” Piersol added.