Allyson Witkowski, ALE Solutions’ Furniture Department Manager, recalls her first experience assisting displaced policyholders when on location. She assisted a Midwestern family by providing the best home furnishings for their temporary housing.
Welcoming Families Back Home
ALE Housing Solutions was placing a family of three into temporary housing that had lost everything in a home fire. The family’s young son had unfortunately suffered burns and smoke inhalation from the fire and was admitted to a local hospital.
This assignment was the first time that I ever went out to one of ALE’s temporary homes to oversee the delivery of the furniture and other home goods. ALE’s preferred vendors did an amazing job with decorating the apartment, all the way down to setting up the utensils and placemats on the dining room table and arranging the towels decoratively on the bathroom racks.
I met the family in the parking lot before they came into the home. They had just come from visiting their son at the hospital, who was thankfully healing well! The couple was very (and understandably) exhausted and overwhelmed due to the distress their family had suffered. We walked into the apartment and looked around at their new home with all of the furniture, housewares and little touches in place for the family. They started to cry. They had been through so much since the fire and were now home and relieved that the residence looked so beautifully decorated. It did not feel like a leased apartment to them. It felt like home!
I LOVE MY JOB because “When I think of ALE Solutions, I think of this story, this family, and the countless others that are being welcomed HOME every day through the actions of ALE.” – Allyson
The Best Home Furnishings, from Couches to Coffeemakers
Prior to displaced policyholders moving into temporary housing, ALE Housing Solutions orders and coordinates delivery and placement of all necessary furniture, housewares, and appliances within each residence. To learn more about ALE’s Furniture Department or temporary housing solutions, contact us at any time of day or week.