First and Last Name: Brian Preston
In the summer of 2010 I was introduced to a group of men living homeless in my community. I began developing relationships with them and helped by meeting basic needs. After about two years, I became frustrated that some of the same men were living in this situation. My friend Mitch, who had been homeless most of his life, shared something that would change my life forever. He said that what they really needed was a job, not more stuff. I knew most of them had basic carpentry experience so we built a company off of their strengths and landed on custom furniture.
Lamon Luther is a custom furniture brand that specializes in tables and other case goods, while using reclaimed material, such as shipping pallets and old barns. But that is not what makes our company unique. We hire those transitioning out of homeless as our manufacturing source. Reclaiming wood, while reclaiming lives.
Our impact is driven on opportunity and sustainability. Most of our craftsman do not have transportation, or any form of communication, and for most, not even an address. This makes it extremly hard for those transitioning out of homeless to get work. We partner with great organizations by targeting hard workers and give them an opportunity, more importantly hope when all else is lost. Our impact is great because we are helping end homelessness. Our sustainability focus helps keep our landfill's clean because we use reclaimed materials, making our impact two fold.
Our vision is to have our manufacturing space connected to our retail space so you can see where the product is being produced. We will likely "set up shop" in transitional areas and partner with established local homeless shelters. We intend on hiring those that are graduating from the program and becoming their first employeer. We believe this model will work in any urban type setting including Los Angles, New York, and Miami. Each city has great shelters and great margin for growth.
Adding value to people, both internally (our employees) and externally (our customers). Our business core is (People > Products > Profit). This means instead of profit driving decisions for our company, its people. Every table we sell keeps our guys off the streets for another week, plus gives them a safe, dry place to work, and most importantly HOPE.
We have large retail intrest in our products, specifically tables. Unfortunately, we are not set up to mass produce on a large scale. Funding would allow us to purchase more equipment, rescue more craftsman, and secure large contracts with retailers.
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