Let’s build something together is worth more to us than just a tagline on the Lowe’s website. To Empower Youth, it is a personal invite from a company we have grown to love and respect through the benevolent caring service of their employees. When we received the property, we knew it would take some work to be able to begin packing on site.
Our journey with Lowe’s was pretty standard, a board member had a sister in the paint department. When you are gifted a 15.25 acre horse farm, there are lots of barns to paint! Maggie Wickline-Jowers set us up with paint and even better made the introductions to Mike Nelson, the Assistant Manager at Lowe’s Beechmont. From that point, a beautiful partnership with Lowe’s and a great friendship with Mike grew. Our desire to renovate a garage into a packing barn became a reality when Lowe’s named us as their Hero Project. Mike made connections with the Milford store as well and between both stores an incredible work took place. Peachie’s Place was born.
Peachie’s Place is the very center of our work against the food insecurity of rural poverty. Peachie’s Place is a battle station for gathering food, packing the bags, and preparing them for delivery to the many families that just need a little extra to get through the weekend. Lowe’s has helped us stand in the gap by actually filling in the gaps of an old garage and making it a stronghold for families in need.
Peachie’s Place has become a gathering place where folks learn as they pack about the impact that one family, one company, one church group can make when they come together… like the tagline says: let’s build something together. In Peachie’s Place, we build bags that we send out to build independence and leadership in students.
Lowe’s of Beechmont: https://www.lowes.com/store/OH-Cincinnati/1160
Lowe’s of Milford: https://www.lowes.com/store/OH-Milford/1664