Lamon Luther's tiny house giveaway raises funds to hire homeless
August 11, 2016 | 10:19 am CDT
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VILLA RICA, Georgia - Lamon Luther, a company that has become renown for hiring the homeless, is taking its mission a step further. The custom furniture maker is raffling off a tiny house worth more than $60,000 to help raise money to hire more homeless men and women. 

Tickets for the raffle start at $20. with the winner selected on October 4.

This is the second tiny house giveaway by the custom woodworking firm, which states, "Our goal is to hire 100 deserving craftsmen by 2017. We realize we can't achieve our goals without with a little help from our supporters. So we are doing giveaways to raise support to expand our operations and raise much needed capital."

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Custom furniture maker Lamon Luther is raffling off a tiny house worth more than $60,000 to help raise money to hire more homeless men and women. The goal is to gain enough funds to hire 100 woodworking craftsmen by 2017.

Designed by Lamon Luther founder and President Brian Preston, the 368-square-foot home includes a kitchen and bathroom, and two sleeping lofts. It features a reclaimed wood exterior with a retractable porch and awning.

Preston founded the Atlanta-area woodworking company in 2012 to create jobs for homeless people who wanted to work with wood. Located in Villa Rica, the 20,000-square-foot facility has just 12 employees.

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Brian Preston founded the custom table and furniture shop as a way to give homeless people with a woodworking background a "hands up, not a handout." Inside the 20,000-square-foot facility employees use a variety of automated equipment to optimize material usage and improve the productivity of Lamon Luther's signature reclaimed furniture pieces.

"At Lamon Luther we have a simple mission. And that is to create opportunity and hope for craftsmen with employment obstacles. We employ those that have been directly affected by homelessness and addiction," says the company on its website.

"We like to say we give a hand up instead of a hand out. It started with furniture, but now its bigger than just furniture."

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at karen.koenig@woodworkingnetwork.com