The Nest Gives Struggling Families in Haiti a Place to Call Home

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 7, 2016) – There's no place like home. But for many in desperate need of shelter in Haiti, home means living under tarps without running water or the security of a door that locks.

Supporters of Food For The Poor can help provide safe and secure homes for destitute families in Haiti, thanks to a new specialty home store in West Palm Beach's distinguished Antique Row.

The Nest is opening its doors from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, for a special Sip and Shop event benefitting the charity.

Guests will enjoy pastries, fruit kabobs and mimosas while they shop. They also can participate in a raffle to win prizes, including brunch for six at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Haitian rum, and a Second Story Goods gift basket of accessories and jewelry crafted in Haiti.

A portion of proceeds from sales during the event will benefit Food For The Poor's home-building initiatives in Haiti.

The Nest, located at 3416 S. Dixie Highway, opened on Nov. 30, 2015. The Arrigo family, better known for a series of TV commercials featuring their South Florida auto dealerships, purchased the property and knocked down an older structure to make way for new construction.

Owner Margaret Arrigo and her best friend and business partner Debbie Richardson wanted to create a store that was different from others on Antique Row by not selling antiques. Instead, the store is filled with brightly colored accents and unique gifts, from pillows to furniture, chandeliers, beach bags and vases. On Instagram, the store bills itself as "Bold, bright and Palm Beach beautiful."

Arrigo and Richardson decided to host an event for Food For The Poor as a way of giving back to the poor. "My husband Jim has always been very philanthropic with the community. We have been so well received. We have been very fortunate," Arrigo said. "Seeing that 95 percent of all donations to Food For The Poor go directly to programs helping the poor, it was a no-brainer."

The April 21 event follows the successful There's No Place Like Home, Making Dreams Come True dinner that was hosted at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach on Feb. 29. At the dinner, guests raised funds to build homes for 33 families in Haiti and Jamaica.

"On behalf of the people in Haiti who will benefit from the generosity of strangers, we thank The Nest for opening its doors to us," said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit

Michael Turnbell

Public Relations
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