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Furniture store Ready for Good helps transition-age youths prepare for life

Furniture store Ready for Good helps transition-age youths prepare for life

Gabriel Johnson | @GabeJohnson57

Ready for Good, a non-profit which opened in April, is providing furniture to the Lawrence community. Along with selling furniture to the public, it also offers a helpful resource for youths with challenging backgrounds.

Ready for Good focuses on giving transition-age teens the opportunity to work in an environment where they are valued and can learn from staff and peers. 

Addison Shockley, a former employee at O’Connell Youth Ranch wanted to continue his philanthropic work by providing teenagers in Lawrence with a comfortable and safe work environment. 

“One of the big things we want to do is make sure youth who are here feel welcomed, accepted,” Shockley said. “They can build relationships with the staff here, and build community and feel like they are known and appreciated.”

Shockley has seen the harsh realities of kids who are not given direction, and this inspired him to create Ready for Good alongside his wife, Lydia. 

“It’s meant a lot,” Shockley said. “My wife and I have long had a dream to do something that would show hospitality to a broken world.”

One of the main problems when employing kids at this age is not giving them the human element of working. Many times manual labor jobs require hours of isolation to focus on the assigned task. 

“It’s also good for the kids, it’s not just a factory lineup where they’re building the same furniture over and over, it’s fun for them,” Ready for Good employee Joe Randolph said. “It’s like Christmas, opening packages and you’re like oh cool I guess we got a giant bean bag. There’s lots of cool stuff.”

Addison, Lydia, Joe, and everyone involved in the opening of Ready for Good hope to grow the organization in the future. Starting with more outreach to the community will hopefully lead to the opening of more stores, so Ready for Good can continue to help youths in need. 

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