Jacob’s House partners with Macy’s department store

Jacob’s House volunteer Pam Torkelson, left, second row, buys 28 sets of new bath towels and other replacement home items with a $1,500 grant from Macy’s, Sept. 28. The grant was awarded by Macy’s store manager Iza Sourille, fourth from left, second row, who assisted Torkelson along with Jacob’s House volunteers and store staff. Bethany Torkelson photo

TEMECULA – Jacob’s House, a local nonprofit, was a recent recipient of a $1,500 grant awarded by Macy’s department store. After meeting staff and a few volunteers and taking a tour of the house, store manager Iza Souriolle, learned the house needed new bath towels and other household supplies. Souriolle was instrumental in submitting the proper information to qualify Jacob’s House for the grant.

According to Macy’s, their corporate giving program provides charitable funding to many organizations within their local community. A core value of Macy’s is to give back, and Jacob’s House said their organization was thrilled to be on the receiving end.

Volunteer lead house attendant Pam Torkelson was charged with spending the grant money for Jacob’s House. After taking an inventory of the bath towels, many of which were over 5 years old and showing their age, Torkelson purchased 28 sets of bath towels, several pillowcases and a few kitchen utensils.

“The staff at Macy’s spent two hours helping me find just the right items. Their suggestions were perfect,” Torkelson said of her shopping experience Saturday, Sept. 28. She has been a volunteer almost three years and is knowledgeable about what it takes to keep the home properly supplied for the arriving guests.

Jacobs House is a 4,000-square-foot Temecula home that can occupy up to 14 guests who need temporary housing when they have a loved one at area hospitals suffering from a traumatic medical crisis. For more information about Jacob’s House, call (951) 452-2627 or visit www.jacobshousetemecula.org.

Submitted by Jacob’s House.