OGDEN -- When Brent Jones saw the old, worn out leather couch sitting in the offices at Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah, he offered to replace it with a new sofa from RC Willey.
As he started looking around at the rest of the building, he noticed it, too, was in need of a face-lift, so he went back to RC Willey in Riverdale, where he works as the general manager, and proposed an idea.
"We knew it would be easy to replace a sofa," Jones said. "But at RC Willey, we like to get our people involved in something bigger than ourselves, so we decided to make this one of our service projects."
Family Counseling Service Executive Director Ron Thornburg couldn't be more thrilled.
"Family Counseling Service is extremely excited about the face-lift our aging building is getting," Thornburg said Friday morning as he watched several workers from the store painting the front office walls a bright antique white. "One of our current goals is to make counseling more convenient for our clients, who are mostly low-income residents without insurance."
Thornburg said, for many people it's a tough decision to seek out counseling. Families and individuals arrive at his office in varying degrees of distress, but almost always in need of a comforting word and a calming environment.
"Thanks to RC Willey, our new waiting room will provide a bright, cheerful and welcoming place to those who are taking an important step toward improving their lives."
The project, which includes new paint throughout the building as well as new furnishings, will take a few months to complete with the help of nearly 100 RC Willey employees.
Assistant decorator Tiffany Stoddard said the right look can mean all the difference when it comes to an inviting atmosphere.
"When we came and looked at it the first time, the colors were sterile," she said. "The walls were white and the trimming was this government-type feel of green. We decided to replace it with a brighter and warmer off-white, and the trim will be a nice taupe color, so it will look more like a home-type atmosphere."
Thornburg said the building hasn't been updated for at least 12 years. The new look, he said, will be more inviting and welcoming to clients who walk through the doors.
"We are really grateful to RC Willey," Thornburg said. "For them to take the time off of work and so freely give back to our community means a lot."
RC Willey chooses service projects to work on each year. Earlier this year, the store donated new patio furniture to the George E. Wahlen Veterans Home.
Family Counseling Service is one of the area's oldest nonprofit organizations. Thornburg said that during the past year, it has increased the number of children and adolescents seen and has provided counseling services in Spanish to more Hispanic residents.
"Thanks to support from the United Way of Northern Utah, we are offering counseling and group therapy sessions at the Boys and Girls Club of Brigham City," he said. "This fall we will begin offering counseling sessions in Spanish at the Davis Community Learning Center for students at Wasatch Elementary School in Clearfield."
The organization will also offer parenting education classes at Odyssey Elementary School in Ogden and will continue to provide counseling services at the CROSS anti-gang program offices in Ogden.