The Success of Bunks Across America

Posted by Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Jun 27, 2019 1:49:41 PM

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In 2017, Sleep in Heavenly Peace had about 10 chapters. Thanks to some national exposure from household names like Mike Rowe and CNN, by June of 2018, SHP grew to roughly 40 active chapters. And fast forward to right now, we've grown to become a national organization made up of 150 chapters who are out to solve a national crisis.

On Saturday, June 15th, communities across the country joined SHP and its supporters during our very first national build day and the response has been enormous. To all those who took part in this herculean effort—thank you! It is because of good people like you that SHP will be able to continue to tackle the national problem of bedlessness.

Bunks Across America brought together 108 chapters and 8,534 volunteers in 38 states across the country for one united purpose, to help 5,459 kids off the floor in their town.

Chapter Spotlight: TX, Houston-NW

Posted by Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Apr 3, 2019 1:55:02 PM

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At Sleep in Heavenly Peace, we've been fortunate to be able to spread our mission across more than 125 different chapters. And within each of those chapters, you'll find inspiring and unique stories behind the why's and the how's of how their SHP journey got started. 

In TX, Houston-NW you'll find Gary Akin; Chapter President and SHP Enthusiast. This is a treasured Chapter that we'd like to share with you to give you a glimpse of their unique contributions to the SHP family. 

Chapter Spotlight: Missoula Valley, MT

Posted by Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Mar 20, 2019 9:23:30 AM

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At Sleep in Heavenly Peace, we've been fortunate to be able to spread our mission across more than 125 different chapters. And within each of those chapters, you'll find inspiring and unique stories behind the why's and the how's of how their SHP journey got started. 

In Missoula Valley, MT you'll find Chris Lunde; Chapter President and SHP Enthusiast. This is a treasured Chapter that we'd like to share with you to give you a glimpse of their unique contributions to the SHP family. 

Humans Helping Humans

Posted by Luke Mickelson on Feb 5, 2019 8:43:21 AM

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As a parent struggling to make ends meet, one of the most gut-wrenching things that can happen is to have someone deny you and your family help because you don't believe the same things they do, look the way they want you to, or affiliate with the things they do. Sadly, many have experienced this. Maybe you have.  

A Story from Chapter Presidents Wendell and Carol Gramlich

Posted by Corey Smith on Nov 27, 2018 10:03:00 AM

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About five years ago, Wendell Gramlich’s wife, Carol, was at a local school in West Wayne County, Michigan, where she worked with a student who was no longer progressing with his school work and was falling asleep in class. Carol found out that over Christmas Break, this student had lost his bed and had been sleeping on the floor. When Carol came home, she mentioned this student to Carol and Wendell’s thirteen year old daughter. Their daughter asked how much a mattress would cost, and used some of her own savings to get this student a mattress. Staff at the school donated a headboard and a frame, and soon the student began to progress in his studies without issue.

An Oregon Build = Partly Cloudy with a Pretty Darn Good Chance of Rain

Posted by Mitchell Mathews on Jun 22, 2018 11:37:27 AM

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There's a popular country music song by Luke Bryan that says "rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey, and whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky." Well sure, I guess. But I do know that rain makes everything wet and muddy, and Western Oregon has a lot of it. You'd hardly notice that though if you spent a rainy Saturday in June building bunk beds with the people who live there because it doesn't phase them one bit.

SHP has added dozens of chapters during the first half of 2018, and one of the side effects has been having too few experienced SHP veterans to attend the inaugural build days for all of our new chapters. This requires everyone in the organization to step up and help, and it also means I get the joy of flying to new places. Such was the case last weekend when I flew from San Diego, California to Eugene, Oregon not knowing entirely what to expect other than that I'd get to build bunk beds for children sleeping on the floor.

From Motto to Mission

Posted by Luke Mickelson on Apr 27, 2018 2:24:51 PM

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace adopted the slogan and motto years ago that reads “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.” It was created, much like everything else with SHP, by a simple, off-the-wall comment from an unsuspecting volunteer. When this all started, we weren’t sure just what message we could use that would best convey our passion and mission. We kicked around all sorts of ideas ranging from “Beds for Babes,” which didn’t last very long, to “Because every child deserves a nice place to sleep.”

It was in this setting and brainstorming mode when my Sister-in-Law brought everything into focus for us when she recommended that we keep things simple like “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.” It rang in my ears and in my heart so well that it was one of those “duh” moments I often have with SHP now. It addressed the mission that we are focused on and shared some of the passion we have towards the mission. Since then, “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town” has become SHP’s mission statement, with the ever-evolving change of making our town everyone's town.