Friday I had the privilege of attending a Lamps Plus collaboration event with Pen + Napkin, along with fellow Lamps Plus Brand Ambassadors, Courtney Allison of French Country Cottage and Orlando Soria. Here we are with Angela Hsu of Lamps Plus and the founders of Pen + Napkin, Catie Bouchard and Ellyn Molzer. I was blown away by the organization’s efforts to end homelessness through the power of design!

Catie Bouchard, Ellyn Molzer, Orlando Soria, Lori Dennis, Courtney Allison, Lori Dennis pen and napkin lamps plus step and repeat red carpet photo

Photos by @imatographer

What is Pen & Napkin?

They are a foundation which seeks to eradicate homelessness through their partnerships with the design community. Working with designers and retailers like Lamps Plus, Pen + Napkin furnishes the first real homes of people transitioning from shelters.

Ending Homelessness Through the Power of Design

The rate of people ending up back on the street after a bout of homelessness is 50% but when they have furnished, decorated spaces, and feel a sense of pride and ownership, that number plummets to an astounding 1%. We know the power of design and now we have the data we can leverage to help people who need it most!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and interested in volunteering your time to the Pen and Napkin Organization, click this link to fill out a quick application. With enough help, ending homeless is possible in our lifetimes and this is an excellent place to start! Let’s get to work. And if there aren’t current volunteer opportunities, keeping up with Pen and Napkin on Instagram is a great way to stay informed on ways to help in the future: 

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We welcome @fairlymodernstudio to the Pen + Napkin Design Family! Angela and her team will be furnishing the home of Sabrina and her family, this Sunday! Here is her Story: Sabrina has endured a long ordeal with drug addition and abuse, and has prevailed as a drug-free, loving mother who needs a second chance at creating the family life she always dreamed of. Sabrina had a painful childhood, and had her first son at 17 years old. She left an abusive relationship, and entered into a healthier, committed relationship that resulted in 5 more children. At this time, Sabrina was severely addicted to drugs, and struggled to find purpose. She lost custody of all of her children, and nearly lost the life of her 6th child during birth as a result of her drug use. Sabrina became sober for 9 months after this time, only to realize her childrens’ father was also using drugs. She continued on a path of relapse, until Friday, August 17, 2015 – when her life was forever changed for the better. Sabrina went to rehab, and through extensive & hard work, was accepted into Hope Garden and got her 2nd chance. She regained custody of 1 son on June 12, 2017, then the other 5 within the next year. Sabrina’s housing was recently approved, and she got a job as a bus driver. We are going to set up her home, to give them all a fresh, new start. To give – LINK IN BIO! #homedecor #interiordesign #nonprofit #endhomelessness #losangeles #installinghope

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With My Lamps Plus Brand Ambassador buddies, Courtney Allison and Orlando Soria supporting Pen + Napkin
With My Lamps Plus Brand Ambassador buddies, Courtney Allison and Orlando Soria supporting Pen + Napkin
With My Lamps Plus Brand Ambassador buddies, Courtney Allison and Orlando Soria supporting Pen + Napkin

Curious to learn about more organizations that are ending homelessness through the power of design? Read about some of our favorites here.