Jim, Debbie Stoddard 2019 Budget Blinds Cares winners
A three-generation owned family business in Lee’s Summit has received a national award recognizing their service to nonprofit organizations in their community.
Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) has presented a Budget Blinds Cares Award to Jim and Debbie Stoddard, owners of Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit.
Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit was founded by Richard and Gloria Guthrie and their daughter and her husband, Debbie and Jim Stoddard. Their two daughters, Courtney and Taylor, have since joined the family business as the third generation of owners.
Budget Blinds Cares challenged franchisees to submit an original video in 2018 documenting their service and contributions to their local communities and customers. Out of hundreds of submitted videos, the Stoddards received the Most Creative Award for their video about their involvement with Hope House, which provides local comprehensive domestic violence services including 122 beds at two shelter locations, a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group therapy and other prevention, education and support for thousands traumatized by domestic violence every year. With that award, the Stoddards received a $1,000 prize, which they donated to Hope House.
Budget Blinds co-owner Courtney Stoddard Laufketter has taken community partnership with Hope House to another level, organizing the annual 12 Bars of Christmas event to benefit the domestic violence shelter. Just completing its fifth year, Courtney has helped raise more than $58,000 for Hope House and has been recognized by the organization for her tireless support.
As part of HFC’s long-term Heart & Home community service initiative, Budget Blinds partners with such organizations as Home for our Troops and Wounded Warriors Canada to help veterans and others realize their dreams of work, career advancement, home ownership and transition after military service. Budget Blinds also actively supports Working Wardrobesto provide job training, placement and wardrobe services to give those in need the chance to take their place in the workforce.