Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Sleep in Heavenly Peace cofounder Luke Mickelson helps construct a bunk bed at the Bannock County fairgrounds in Pocatello at 2016 event. 

POCATELLO — Sleep in Heavenly Peace Inc., a national registered non-profit that provides beds to children sleeping on the floor or in less-than-favorable circumstances is proud to announce the forming of the Pocatello Chapter.

The Pocatello Chapter launches Saturday with its inaugural build at the Pocatello Lowe’s at 9 a.m. SHP is also proud to announce that Kaitlin McEwen will head the chapter as the Chapter President.

Kaitlin is the youngest chapter president ever, at the age of 18, for the SHP organization since its founding in 2012. Kaitlin has been involved with SHP since 2016 with her family but has always had a dream to start and run her own chapter. Since moving to Pocatello in June, Kaitlin has worked to organize her own chapter. Kaitlin currently works full time as a licensed hair stylist and will serve as the chapter president for the Pocatello Chapter. Running her own chapter has been a dream of hers from the very beginning.

The inaugural bunk bed build is sponsored by Lowe’s Pocatello.

A bunk bed build is an a great opportunity to see what SHP does. Taking raw lumber; cutting, sanding, drilling and staining all in one organized “train” — SHP volunteers participate together to build beds that are then delivered with a mattress, bedding and pillows to a local bed-less child.

Sleep in Heavenly peace is national nonprofit with chapters in 46 states across the country and is currently expanding into Canada. To date this year, SHP has built over 10,000 bunk beds for children ages 3 to 17 all across the country. Child bed-lessness is not a new problem and there are currently 60-plus kids already on the waiting list for the new chapter to provide beds. SHP Pocatello relies totally on the donation from individuals, organizations and corporations to fund their operations. A bunk bed costs about $350 to build and provide the mattress, bedding and pillow. Beds are free to all recipients and can be requested/referred on the website.

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