Changing Lives

Changing Lives
Posted on 07/30/2020
Image of Changing LivesFor the past five months, countless contractors, companies and promise keepers have worked around the clock – during a global pandemic, no less – for a purpose greater than themselves. As hundreds of volunteers and more than three dozen organizations joined Team LJFF and Graduate Hotels to complete a top-to-bottom renovation of the I Promise Village, they gave of their time, talents and resources to create positive change. And in the process, they directly changed lives.

For too long, I Promise parent LaToya and her children lived in a place no person or child should be allowed to live. Stuck in an insurmountable situation, held down by an uncaring slumlord, for LaToya it felt there was no way out. Aware of the family’s challenges, the I Promise School’s Family Resource Center reached out with hope for a better future.

It’s an all-around team effort that is redefining what family and a community looks like.Image of Changing Lives

On Friday, LaToya and her four children became the very first residents at the I Promise Village by Graduate Hotels. For the first time, they all had their own warm, comfortable and clean bed to sleep in.

For the first time, mom let her children play outside in the yard. For the first time in what feels like forever, the family sat together at the dinner table and talked about their hopes and dreams. They went grocery shopping to fill the fridge and cupboards, made plans to engage in the programming available, and celebrated their new chapter with ice cream.

Life as they knew it would never be the same.

Living in the Village alongside them are two full-time residents dedicated to helping them achieve their goals. A team LJFF member is on-site to oversee operations at The Village and help families navigate their daily challenges, and a University of Akron education student is there full time to coordinate curriculum and serve as an educational liaison to all of the kids to ensure their success in school.

It’s an all-around team effort that is redefining what family and a community looks like. And it would not be possible without the many individuals and companies who graciously gave of their expertise so that our families could feel at home.

We want to send a huge family thank you to:

Ace Floor Care & Cleaning
All Seasons Painting
ANR Electric
Anzaldi Construction
Apex Companies
AR Bathtub Refinishing
Assa Abloy Global Solutions
AT&T
Blake Solutions
Clark Plumbing & Heating Co.
Fabulous Floors
Faithful & Gould
Ferguson
Finelli Ironworks
H&M
Hospitality Logistics Inc
Josh Johnston
M Design
M.A.L. Enterprises
Medina Glass Company
Messina Floor Covering
Miceli Drapery
Nichols Fence Co.
North Coast Plastering
Ohio Concrete Cutting
Olson Painting
Rice's Nursery & Landscaping
Silco Fire & Security
Spartan Surfaces
Sunbelt
Tandem Graphics
The Help Button
The Project Company
Thompson Electric
Universal Windows Direct
Wilson Plumbing & Heating
Whirlpool
Zupke Tree Removal

We can never say thank you enough for helping to change lives. There will be many more residents and lives changed to come!

WE ARE FAMILY! (For more information, visit the LeBron James Family Foundation website.)

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