SafePlace & Einstein Moving Co.Written by Victoria Berryhill
Good business comes from good people. Einstein Moving Co. is proving that each month as they move families or individuals for free who are relocating due to domestic violence and abuse.
Cameron Brown and Paul Morin, longtime friends and co-owners of Einstein Moving Co., first understood the prevalence of domestic violence in Austin through a ‘small-business hack’ many new businesses use: routing the business phone calls to their personal cell phones. “We were getting calls in the middle of the night to move immediately. We were very fortunate growing up. We were always taught that if you have more than you need, you need to give back. We wanted to help but we also needed to ensure the safety of our employees,” said Brown.
“We were getting calls in the middle of the night to move immediately… . We wanted to help but we also needed to ensure the safety of our employees.”
So it just came down to this: how to handle delicate situations like this appropriately. “Often times the client would be in a distraught state of mind and the risk associated with a potentially abusive partner being involved often meant that law enforcement was required or at least should have been. We were just unsure how to handle these situations in a safe and professional manner,” said Brown.
Luckily for Austin, Morin’s background in Management and Accounting and Brown’s background in Industrial Engineering meant that the two were well equipped to solve this uncertainty. The solution? A team-up with SafePlace.
SafePlace & Einstein Moving Co. Team-Up
The combination of SafePlace and Einstein Moving Co. allows each to do what they do best: SafePlace provides situational expertise and helps ensure proper protocols are followed in these situations, and Einstein Moving Co. can focus on efficiently moving families. Together, Einstein Moving Co. is offering to put their trucks to philanthropic use by providing four moves a month for individuals and families relocating due to domestic violence and abuse.
These services are available to move items from a safe space (relative’s house, storage unit, etc.) to SafePlace’s Emergency Shelter, SafePlace’s Supportive Housing Program, or survivor’s new home. Keeping safety in mind for all those involved in the move, a SafePlace staff member will be on-site with the movers at each location. “We have these massive trucks and we wanted to utilize them in a meaningful way. We had been using them to pick up toys for holiday drives for several years, but we kept thinking about those calls we would get in the middle of the night. This team-up seemed like a good way to help those who need use of our trucks and to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” said Morin.
“We have these massive trucks and we wanted to utilize them in a meaningful way… . This team-up seemed like a good way to help those who need use of our trucks and to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”
Einstein Moving Co. is doing good for the community because it makes sense. For them, it is as simple as that. They have the tools (professional movers, large trucks, experience, expertise, etc.) to help solve a problem in Austin—men and women needing to move out of transitional living housing here at SafePlace and into new homes, to rebuild their lives. SafePlace is pleased to team-up with Einstein Moving Co. in helping facilitate moves to healthier lives for families in the Austin area.
For more information about these creative problem solvers, check out Einstein Moving Co.’s website.
For more information about safety planning, call our 24/7 Hotline: 512.267.SAFE (7233) or visit our I NEED HELP page for further information.