Once homeless, Palm Beach Gardens business owner gives back

Cynthia Heathcoe, CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store, outside her store at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, was once homeless and is now giving back. Courtesy photo
Cynthia Heathcoe, CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store, outside her store at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, was once homeless and is now giving back. Courtesy photo

It’s been 17 years since Cynthia Heathcoe spent the holidays in a homeless shelter with her 3-week-old son, but she hasn’t forgotten what that felt like.

Now she’s the CEO of the Contemporary Living furniture store at Downtown at the Gardens. She’s using her business to help other people who find themselves in the same situation she did so many years ago.

The shop will host a holiday open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Heathcoe is asking people to bring one unwrapped household item to benefit The Lord’s Place supportive housing residents.

“When you are homeless, you lose sight of who you are,” Heathcoe said in a news release. “I want to surround people going through this with things that will make them feel more human.”

Suggested items include accent pillows, kitchen supplies, linens or anything that would make a transitional living space feel more like home. Everyone who donates an item will receive a Contemporary Living Showroom Gift Card, according to the news release.

To RSVP, call the store at 561-318-6014.

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