COFFEE MUGS – it all started with coffee mugs…

By June 21, 2016Uncategorized


A few months ago, our office underwent a spring cleaning purge. Aside from workstations and collaboration spaces, the kitchen was no exception. Our cupboards were stocked with miscellaneous mismatching mugs, most of which were probably abandoned by previous employees. This then sprung the suggestion of getting rid of all the mugs and replacing them with newer, coordinating coffee cups.

But what would happen to the discarded drinking devices? Surely, they deserved a good home.

With the summer months just around the corner, I advocated that we collect the coffee cups and any other unwanted reusable bottles to give to the homeless for hydration. Sparking employee excitement with this endeavor, our office reached out to partnering consultants and community members to donate their previously used mugs and bottles as well.

To take it one step further, we would fill up the containers with basic, essential toiletries for a refreSHing twist!

We expected support for this great cause, but we did not anticipate just how much people cared about the cause and wanted to reach out. With boxes of travel-sized shampoos, soaps, snacks, and mugs piling up, we were ready to package the refreSH kits. To tackle this endeavor, we set up an assembly line to construct the kits during an office luncheon.

In a tremendous show of support and participation, SH Architecture and its partners were able to collect and assemble 100+ refreSH kits, containing everything from assorted toiletries to snacks on the go. Once the kits were assembled, our office coordinated donations to be made to the children at Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). The kits will be handed out by the organization to children who come into the NPHY drop-in center, as well as at NPHY’s various outreach programs around town.

To learn more about NPHY and how you can get involved, click here.

John Ritz

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