What better way to start Pride month than to highlight The Farmhouse Store and how, for years, they’ve given to organizations like Imagine and Hope Hospice, that help people cope with loss and grief.
Ever since Bill Curtis and his husband Ed Menapace, started The Farmhouse Store 13 years ago, helping charitable organizations has been a company mission. Recently, they made a significant donation to Imagine and the Center for Hope Hospice. Imagine is a center that helps children, families, and adults deal with loss. The Center for Hope Hospice is an organization that provides palliative care and family support. The Farmhouse store donated much-appreciated furniture to both organizations. Bill Curtis said that making the donations was a personally meaningful experience for him, as someone who has grappled with loss.
“The furniture that Farmhouse donated enables patients to be more comfortable during their last days. And family members who wish to stay by their side, often spend the night in these chairs,” said Frank Brady, President of Center for Hope Hospice.
On a smaller scale, charitable organizations approach Farmhouse weekly, requesting donations. Curtis eagerly gives whatever he can, donating to over 100 organizations every year. Curtis estimates that they provide a few hundred items yearly and thousands of dollars. In the past two years, he said that Farmhouse has given over 30 thousand dollars worth of items.
Since the Westfield area community has supported The Farmhouse's growth, Curtis believes it is essential to give back. He has been fortunate enough to employ over 20 people and build his business in Westfield, so as a way of saying thanks, he wanted to give back to the community through donations.
Through the Farmhouse Store, Bill and Ed embody the giving spirit of Westfield’s local businesses, rising to support those in need within our community. Local businesses spend their limited resources on good deeds like these, often without public recognition. We salute them.
Local businesses are the heart of our community.