Gardner-White and Serta Donate 100 Beds to Lighthouse

Mattresses and bed frames help Southeast Michigan families make a fresh start

One hundred mattresses and bed frames arrived at Lighthouse in Waterford Township today, thanks to Michigan’s #1 furniture and mattress store, Gardner-White and Serta who combined forces to help families in need this holiday season. 

The first bed will go to Cassandra who found herself homeless after her spouse passed away.  The second will go to Chara who left home at 18 and found herself homeless during the pandemic. Both women turned to Lighthouse for assistance and are excited to receive their new beds. The women greeted the trucks and received their mattress direct from Gardner-White President Rachel Stewart.

“We love that we can make a big difference in the lives of these families by giving them a good night’s sleep on these Serta mattresses and bed frames,” said Stewart. “We value our partnership with Lighthouse and are glad we can help these families on their way to self-sufficiency.”

“Since COVID-19 began, Lighthouse has quadrupled its emergency shelter capacity to help ensure no household will go without a roof over their head during this time. Thankfully, we’ve been able to help more than 100 families find permanent housing,” said Lighthouse CEO Ryan Hertz. “Having a new bed truly turns a house into a home. Gardner White has been such a generous and responsive partner throughout this pandemic, and we are so grateful to them, and of course to Serta, for this important donation.”

The beds will be shared with Lighthouse clients in PATH transitional housing, shelter, rapid rehousing, or food pantry programs. Recipients can either pick the bed up or schedule a delivery and Lighthouse will deliver the beds free of charge within two weeks.

Gardner-White has deep and longstanding partnerships to improve the southeast Michigan community with organizations like Lighthouse, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Gardner-White is family-owned and operated and Michigan-based.  This week, they are the presenting sponsor of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


Lighthouse was formed in 2019 when South Oakland Shelter and Lighthouse of Oakland County merged to provide a stronger response to poverty in our community. Lighthouse provides direct services (food, shelter, rental/utility and other financial assistance, clothing, crisis referrals) and stability and housing programs that develop and support self-sufficiency. Their vision is to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness by building affordable housing in local communities and by providing people with the resources, relationships, and skills they need to better themselves.  For more information, visit


Gardner-White is Detroit’s new #1 furniture and mattress store. A metro Detroit staple since 1912, Gardner-White is committed to providing the amazing furniture and mattresses to consumers for the best value. Gardner-White has always been a leader and innovator in the industry – having been the first to introduce new products and services to consumers throughout its history. For more information, or to start a career at Gardner-White, visit

Serta, Inc., through its licensees, is the No. 1 mattress manufacturer in the United States. Serta’s product portfolio includes the Perfect Sleeper®, which is the Only Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation, and the iComfort® Sleep System, both named Consumers Digest Best Buys. Serta through its licensees also manufactures the iSeries® Hybrid Sleep System and the exclusive Bellagio at Home® mattress collection.  With its worldwide network, Serta is able to respond quickly to customers’ needs while still preserving strict control standards to ensure the highest quality. For more information, visit