Old Navy’s Design Department Adopts HPP for Year-Long Partnership
HPP kicked off a day of beautification on Feb. 20, when more than 60 Old Navy employees from the design department lent their creativity and construction know-how to jazz up our lobby and yoga room.
The talented artists painted a “Tree of Life” mural, symbolizing growth, renewal, and new beginnings for HPP’s expectant families. They also spruced up the lobby by building a clothing closet, adding handmade pillows, and expertly reorganizing the area to better reflect HPP’s warm and welcoming atmosphere.
This one-day project launches a year-long partnership with the Old Navy design department, which has adopted HPP to be the recipient of multiple beautification projects and baby toiletry and maternity clothes drives in 2010. The Old Navy designers also pledged to teach art classes at HPP. The extension of Old Navy’s One in a Million campaign – which gave 1000 stores each $1000 to invest in their communities – to their design department headquartered in San Francisco spurred on their adoption program.
HPP was chosen to be the lucky benefactor as a result of designer Jennifer Kopczynski’s encounter with a pregnant homeless mother while she herself was pregnant with her daughter. Strongly moved by her experience, Jennifer was naturally drawn to HPP’s commitment to breaking the cycle of childhood poverty by seizing the motivational opportunity created by pregnancy and parenthood. She shared her discovery of HPP and her compelling story to her Old Navy colleagues, who in turn were inspired to help our families.
“I had a lovely chat with a pregnant homeless mother last year, and I left that conversation feeling very sad that her baby may be born into a life of homelessness.” Kopczynski said. “The Old Navy design department has 120 people, and I knew we could offer the manpower and creativity needed in some way to help struggling mothers. I hope HPP’s clients will feel more welcome, comfortable, and hopeful when they are here, and I believe that when someone is in a nicer space, you feel better, and I hope that this will be a good start for them.”
The design team also threw a party for HPP clients in the prenatal education classes, providing an assortment of food and handing out goodie bags that included an “I Am Loved” Old Navy T-shirt made exclusively for HPP, pajamas for the mothers and their baby, toiletries, and baby supplies.
HPP Community Health Worker Ethel Ennon praised the Old Navy design team. “I feel very lucky and privileged that Old Navy has chosen to adopt us; we do such great work and having a wonderful space helps complement and support what we do for so many families in the community. The lobby and mural look fantastic!”
Thank you so much to the Old Navy design department for all of your hard work and generosity! HPP is honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with you throughout the year!