At holiday season, local retailer, designer and staging expert Paul Scott Silvera looks for creative and meaningful ways to give back to the community. This year, he has teamed up with HOME START, Inc., and donated nearly $3,000 of Scout Staging materials to be sold at their newly launched Thrift Boutique in Normal Heights.
Home Start is committed to assuring the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities. The Home Start Thrift Boutique is a home for excellent quality, gently used items for resale, including clothing, jewelry and household items, as well as small sized furniture.
The store will provide Home Start’s clients and volunteers a learning opportunity and resume builder, helping them gain valuable work-related skills and experience they can use in the future. Home Start’s clients will be eligible to apply for employment at the Home Start Thrift Boutique. Proceeds from the thrift boutique will go back into Home Start’s programs and services.
“At SCOUT, we have a history of donating furniture around the holidays. In the Bay Area, we worked with a homeless women’s shelter, so I was looking for something that helped women and children. I know my mother, grandmother and beloved aunts would be proud.”
“At SCOUT, we have a history of donating furniture around the holidays. In the Bay Area, we worked with a homeless women’s shelter, so I was looking for something that helped women and children. I know my mother, grandmother and beloved aunts would be proud,” explained Paul Scott Silvera, SCOUT Creative Directo
SCOUT and his team loaded a Home Start truck with items from Scout Staging including chairs, tables, artwork, kitchen items and even a delightful rocking horse! “We are thrilled by SCOUT’s support of our new Thrift Boutique/Social Enterprise partnership. With SCOUT’S generous…and stylish…help, we will continue to provide assistance to our most vulnerable families in need,” said Laura Mustari, Home Start CEO.
This holiday season, SCOUT is doubling his efforts to support the community. He recently launched another year of his creatively conceived Shiny Brite by Scout. For the third year in a row, he is reaching out to community groups to help decorate the homes of the elderly….free of charge. Using their own holiday artifacts, heirlooms and decorations, he will add nearly a dozen seniors to his client list, at no charge.
“So many seniors have boxes of long forgotten holiday decorations in their attic or garage just waiting to be given a new life,” Silvera explained. “Seeing the joy people have when their Christmas memories come alive is what the season is all about!” he added.