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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

February 26, 2015

When single mother Amelia lost her home last winter, she could not take anything with her—not even her family’s beds. Because Amelia’s two sons—one with sickle cell anemia and one with autism—require special care, she can only work part time and has trouble making ends meet. She sleeps on the cold floor, and her sons sleep on floor mats.

Getting a good night’s sleep became increasingly difficult for her and her boys as temperatures began to drop. She noticed her older would get out of bed still exhausted after each restless night, and she was having trouble keeping up with her duties at her job as a receptionist. When her son came home from school with a note from his teacher saying he'd fallen asleep in class twice that day, she knew she and her family needed help--now. 

A good night’s sleep is a rarity for many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.  A good night’s sleep is a rarity for many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters like Amelia and her boys. The impact of not having a decent place to sleep is enormous.  A child loses focus at school if they are sleepy.  A worker is more likely to be irritable and make poor choices if they spent the night tossing and turning.  A senior citizen will be limited physically if they cannot sleep properly.

Luckily, Amelia found mercy in her local SVDP conference, which purchased beds for her and her children through the Society's Beds for Our Neighbors in Need program. The program provides funds for Vinentian volunteers to purchase low-cost, high quality remanufactured mattresses for families like Amelia’s. The Society partners with Chicago Mattress Company to produce remanufactured mattresses, testing each one to ensure it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for comfort and quality.

Thanks to the Beds for Our Neighbors in Need program, Amelia and her sons recieved beds just as the winter weather took a blustery turn. When Vincentian volunteers visited Amelia's home to deliver the beds, Amelia's youngest son was so overjoyed that he spent the afternoon jumping on his new bed. 

To learn more about how you can help the Society give our neighbors rest, contact Emily at

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