Planes Helps Furnish Homes For Abuse Victims

INDIANAPOLIS—When a client of the Planes Companies suddenly found themselves stuck with a hotel’s worth of gently used furniture, Steve Lewey, Planes Vice President-Sales, saw an opportunity to help the community.

The University Inn in Lafayette, Indiana went through a renovation and their liquidator fell through, leaving them with rooms full of furniture that was about to be replaced. Through his connections at Rotary International, Lewey was able to find a perfect home for the furniture: Coburn Place Safe Haven.

“IWe had all this furniture in need of a home,” said Lewey. “WeI worked with mythe Rotary Club and found Coburn Place, a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse. It was a win-win situation and Planes was happy to facilitate the move.”

Planes managed the process from 90 miles away. Three trucks and crews were dispatched for loading and placement, and minimal storage was required.

The furniture found a home in the 35 apartments at Coburn Place, a two-year housing program designed to help women and children get back on their feet following situations of domestic abuse. “We feel honored to be able to assist Coburn Place with a new look for their rooms”, said Lewey.

“Steve and StevePlanes did a great job of thinking outside the box for this donation,” said Ralph Taylor, President of the Indianapolis Rotary club and Coburn Place board member. “The families of Coburn Place are grateful for Rotary’s support.”

The Planes Companies have a history of community involvement, both with individuals like Lewey, and as a company.

Planes Companies is a nationally recognized leader in the relocation and transportation industry, offering comprehensive services including household, office moving, furniture installation, asset management, and logistics. Planes was founded in 1921 by the grandfather of CEO John Planes, and has locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Dayton and Chicago. More information can be found on the company's web site at