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THE FAMILY HANDYMAN AND IKEA® ANNOUNCE SIMPSON HOUSING SERVICES AS WINNER OF 2ND ANNUAL RESCUE REMODEL CONTEST
05/02/2013 9:00 AM
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[National]  Minneapolis Homeless Shelter Wins Kitchen Makeover Valued at $25,000
MINNEAPOLIS (May 1, 2013) – The results are in and after receiving more than 70,000 votes, Simpson Housing Services has been named winner of a $25,000 kitchen makeover in The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest sponsored by IKEA.

Simpson Housing Services provides safe accommodations to people in need every night of the year. The organization’s worn, outdated kitchen is used daily to prepare warm dinners for homeless individuals. The shelter stands by its mission to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.

“The kitchen dates back to 1911, and our needs have expanded over the years. It's been incredible to see the community support for our organization,” said Stephen Horsfield, Executive Director, Simpson Housing Services. “Our shelter guests, along with our committed volunteers and staff are anxiously anticipating these much-needed improvements.”

Simpson Housing Services will receive a fully customized kitchen makeover valued at $25,000, featuring smart, functional IKEA designs. The renovation will be carefully constructed to suit the needs of the deserving group and better equip them to serve their community.

“We congratulate Simpson Housing Services and applaud all who participated in this contest,” said Julie Foor, Rescue Remodel Project Leader, IKEA U.S. “As The Life Improvement Store, we believe in creating a better everyday life for the many people. We are excited to work with the winning organization to update their kitchen space with smart and innovative design from IKEA to make it easier for them to continue improving the lives of others in their community.”

The renovation will be chronicled at www.RescueRemodel.com, where visitors can see the updates as they unfold and check out the finished kitchen, which will be revealed on July 1. The completely remodeled kitchen will also be featured on www.FamilyHandyman.com and in the September issue of The Family Handyman, available on newsstands August 6.

“The Rescue Remodel Contest is in its second year and has proven to be a successful and worthwhile cause,” said Russ Ellis, Vice President and Group Publisher, Home and Garden Group at Reader’s Digest Association. “After receiving more than 70 percent of the total votes, Simpson Housing Services is truly deserving of the kitchen renovation and The Family Handyman looks forward to applying our home expertise in the remodel.”

More than 100,000 votes were cast in total during The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest. The other finalists included: Little Ferry Hose Company #1 in Little Ferry, New Jersey; Moonachie Fire Department in Moonachie, New Jersey; IHS Development in Newark, New Jersey; and Franklin Fire Station #1 in Franklin, Wisconsin.

About The Family Handyman
The Family Handyman is one of the most respected media brands in home improvement. The magazine celebrates the process and pride of a project well done, and gives consumers the how-to and solutions they need to create the home and lifestyle of their dreams. The brand offers accurate, fully tested content by a staff of experts and former pros. A crew of more than 1,100 reader-volunteer Field Editors contributes to every issue. The Family Handyman content is available in print; in books; online at FamilyHandyman.com and Haven Home Media; via digital download for iPad, Nook, and Zinio; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About Reader’s Digest Association
Reader’s Digest Association is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 140 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 40 countries, the company reaches customers in 76 countries, publishes 75 magazines, including 49 editions of Reader's Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine, operates 62 branded websites and sells 30 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com.

About IKEA
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries/territories, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.

About Simpson Housing Services
Simpson Housing Services houses, supports and advocates for people experiencing homelessness. They believe that through close individual advocacy and support, men, women and families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability. Simpson Housing Services is committed to housing people quickly, then providing services as needed. They provide a full continuum of supportive housing services to end chronic homelessness, including:

- Emergency shelters for men and women
- Subsidized permanent supportive rental housing for single men and women who have been homeless long-term
- Subsidized supportive rental housing for families with children
To learn more about Simpson Housing Services, please visit http://simpsonhousing.org/
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