Recycled Hardwood Floor Benefits Time for Change Foundation’s Sweet Dreams Facility
Bona, the Environmental Media Association (EMA), and Green For All announced the donation of a rustic white oak hardwood floor to Time for Change Foundation’s local transitional facility, Sweet Dreams, based in San Bernardino, California. Originally, the floor graced the celebrity green room at the 2017 EMA Awards Gala in Los Angeles. The new floor was unveiled at a celebration in mid-January.
“Connecting communities to organizations like Bona that are giving back is the heart of our effectiveness. And bringing new life by recycling a hardwood floor to create a beautiful space for Sweet Dreams is a fantastic way to showcase lessening the impact on our environment,” said Debbie Levin, CEO, EMA. “Role modeling and sharing with our global community how easy it is to create this kind of recycling while benefiting a new facility is how our voices for sustainability can be heard.”
Green For All connected Bona and EMA with Time for Change Foundation’s Sweet Dreams transitional facility, which is designed for homeless women and their children. The facility offers hands-on support, parenting skill workshops, and daily activities to rebuild trust, develop self-sufficiency, and provide a nurturing atmosphere for the children and their parents. Using a strength-based case management model, all clients work with case managers to create an individual self-sufficiency plan.
“Everyone deserves a second chance when they come out of prison. That’s what the Time For Change Foundation provides the women enrolled at the Sweet Dreams Shelter,” said Van Jones, President of The Dream Corps. “I’m thrilled that the Dream Corps’ Green For All initiative was able to collaborate with Bona and the Environmental Media Association to repurpose flooring used at the EMA Awards to give back in this way.”
Michelle Romero, Deputy Director of Green For All, said, “The women at Sweet Dreams have worked so hard to turn their lives around. With the new floor installed – which Hollywood celebrities literally walked on at the EMA Awards – I hope the women who live here are reminded how far they’ve come and to always reach for the stars.”
The repurposed hardwood floor is rustic white oak prefinished with Bona Natural from the Fiddleback Collection from Premier Finish and Coating. Bona Certified Craftsman, WC Hardwood Floors in Corona, California, donated time to complete the floor installation.
“It’s an honor for us at Bona to connect with our community in an important and impactful way. Since 1919, giving back has been core to our business,” said Cate Vanegas, Director of Marketing, Bona US. “Unlike so many building materials, hardwood floors are renewable and sustainable, in addition to highly functional and beautiful. Teaming up with WC Hardwood Floors made the entire process of repurposing the floor easy.”