Pineapple House has a long-standing commitment and connection to our community. In 1988, after discovering that there were homeless infants with high-risk diseases living in near seclusion in hospitals, Pineapple House owner Stephen Pararo co-founded and became the first President of ChildKind. The non-profit organization places children with medical and developmental challenges with adoptive parents, foster parents or nurturing caretakers.
Stephen purchased and remodeled the first house where the organization's newly formed families could live. Soon, with the support of churches, corporate sponsors and volunteers, ChildKind was able to assume responsibility for their mortgage and future.
In 1994, Stephen was profiled on Turner Broadcasting's program Between the Lines, when his work with ChildKind was highlighted and he was recognized as a TBS Super Citizen. www.childkind.org
Since the mid-80's, Pineapple House has participated in twenty-two home shows that have benefited local non-profit organizations. The firm has either decorated a primary room in the show or decorated and furnished the entire home that was on display. The show houses have raised a number of charities and foundations, including Habitat for Humanity, Georgia Transplant Foundation, HomeAid Atlanta, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Children's Theater, ChildKind, Justin's People, Camp Twin Lakes and Heartline Ministries.
In 1986, Pineapple House started mentoring students of interior design. In 1989, we developed a full internship program, so interior design students could receive college credit for their semester of real-life work experience with us. Over a hundred students have completed our program. Additionally, to help insure that the courses offered by schools are comprehensive and pertinent, we sit on advisory boards and meet regularly with design educators, as well as participate in high school and college events and panels.
In 2009, Pineapple House donated services to Stand Up for Kids and handled the development, design, space planning and finish selection of the organization's new downtown Atlanta outreach center for homeless and at-risk street youth. The 3,000 square foot facility opened in June, and provides resources such as meals, clothes, computer access, hot showers, counselors and medical services to youth ages 21 and younger. www.standupforkids.org
Also in 2009, Pineapple House mobilized thirty-one businesses located around the loop of the Armour and Ottley industrial area and formed a non-profit business association, the Sweetwater Design District. Members share responsibility for common goals and interests, such as enhancing and maintaining the aesthetics of the area, and partner in endeavors like security and recycling, while bringing focus and support to the various businesses located in the unique district. www.sweetwaterdesigndistrict.com
In 2010, Pineapple House began donating goods and services to the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. This organization provides free furniture to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, battling HIV/AIDS and fleeing domestic violence. We understand the value of a warm bed for sleeping, tables for sharing meals and couches for relaxing, so are especially pleased to assist the Furniture Bank. www.furniturebankatlanta.org