Wednesday, December 21st, 2022, representatives from the Rochester
Elks Lodge #1393 presented a check for $2000 to the Sleep in Heavenly Peace
non-profit organization based in the Lilac City. Representing the Elks were Exalted Ruler
Matthew Sanborn and Lodge Secretary, Elks National Foundation chair, Norman
Gervais. Receiving the donation were Sleep in Heavenly Peace representatives, Marlene
Graves and Jim Graves, Co-Presidents of the company. The donation was made
possible through a Beacon Grant awarded to the Rochester Lodge through the Elks
National Foundation. Beacon Grants must be used for local charitable purposes.
Heavenly Peace is a 501©3 organization with headquarters in Twin Falls, Idaho.
It was founded in 2012 and now has over 300 chapters in the USA and Canada. The
mission of this organization is to provide beds for children in need, who don’t
have their own bed. As a national organization, they have delivered over
114,000 beds to children. It is estimated that 2 to 3 percent of children in
this country do not have their own bed to sleep in.
Rochester Chapter was started in October 2021 by Jim and Marlene Graves, both
residents of Rochester. In the past 14 months, they have delivered 192 beds to
children within a 15 mile radius of the Lilac City. When a bed is delivered, it
is also assembled and a mattress, sheets, blanket and pillow are included, all
free of charge to the recipient. The cost of each assembly is approximately
$250 and this non-profit is totally reliant on donations and grants to fund
this fine program.
caption l to r, Matthew Sanborn, Exalted Ruler, Rochester Elks #1393; Marlene
Graves, SHP; Jim Graves, SHP and Norman Gervais, Rochester Elks Secretary and
Elks National Foundation Chairman.