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J.C. Penney Turns Around Fantastic Bright Space in Short Timeframe
Mary Knuff, the home office facilities director for J.C. Penney, came to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children with the goal to create a Bright Space project at the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter in McKinney, TX. The catch: The project had to be planned and completed in time to coincide with the employer’s Volunteer Month, 120 days away.
A mere four months after that first phone call, a crew of J.C. Penney and Bright Horizons employees descended upon the Samaritan Inn with toys, furniture, and paint, getting to work by sweeping, hammering, painting, hanging, assembling. By the end of that day, the Samaritan Inn had gotten a new reading room plus a fully furnished family room, sitting room, intake room, and lobby.
“We absolutely believe The Samaritan Inn is now the most beautiful homeless shelter in the country,” wrote Lynn Sipiora, Samaritan’s executive director. “Under the leadership of mastermind Mary Knuff, an incredibly beautiful and functional space was born.”