New partnership offers more hope for critically ill children, families in Triangle





May 30, 2018
Contact: Katie Todd;; (919) 244-5868

New partnership offers more hope for critically ill children, families in Triangle
California Closets Raleigh selects Me Fine Foundation as new charity partner

RALEIGH: Today, the California Closets Raleigh team and the Me Fine Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership that will benefit families whose children are receiving treatments for life-threatening medical conditions at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals.

Owners Graziella and Joe Marengi promote California Closets Raleigh as a “family-run and family-oriented” business. After learning about Me Fine through their neighbors, BJ and Caroline Fungaroli with Environmental Holdings Group, and attending the nonprofit’s annual gala, the two saw an opportunity to make an even greater impact on families in financial crisis due to exorbitant costs related to their child’s treatment.

The California Closets team will provide the chance for their customers to donate gently-used clothing and other household items to Me Fine’s Second Hope Shop. Located in Princeton, North Carolina, the Second Hope Shop is a way for community members to support the organization’s mission of providing financial assistance and emotional support to critically ill children and their families. Each donation and sale connected to the thrift store makes a difference, as the store provides 20% of the organization’s overall revenues.

“Our team is passionate about supporting the surrounding community, especially in ways that tap into the talents and expertise we have on staff,” said Graziella. “By partnering with Me Fine, we are able to show our clients that we are committed to a mission that has a real, direct impact on people in our neighborhoods, schools, churches, and more. We may never personally experience what it is like to navigate such a perilous medical journey with our child. Still, we can let families in such circumstances know that they are not alone.”

In addition to helping connect customers to Me Fine’s mission through the donation of gently-used clothing and other household items, California Closets Raleigh will lend their expertise and skills for enhancing the Second Hope Shop in the near future.

“The partnership between Me Fine and California Closets Raleigh is a great example of what it looks like when community members step up to take care of each other,” shared Joey Powell, executive director of Me Fine Foundation. “Graziella, Joe, and the entire Raleigh team will help us grow the thrift store’s financial footprint, which allows us to provide more financial assistance to more families in the years to come.”

In 2017, Me Fine allocated nearly $100,000 in financial assistance to 211 families, nearly one quarter of whom reside in the Triangle-area. The assistance covered everything from rent and mortgage expenses; utility bills; transportation expenses, including gas and vehicle repair; and much more. Additionally, Me Fine funds multiple emotional and social support programs for pediatric patients, siblings, and caregivers at each of its three partner hospitals.