San Francisco mattress maker McRoskey supplies beds for homeless, low-income residents 

click to enlarge Tammi Taylor, center, and grandchild Journey enjoy a premium bed provided by the San Francisco mattress company helmed by Robin McRoskey Azevedo, right. - ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Tammi Taylor, center, and grandchild Journey enjoy a premium bed provided by the San Francisco mattress company helmed by Robin McRoskey Azevedo, right.

British royalty, Fortune 500 CEOs and professional athletes catch their zzz’s in luxury beds manufactured by San Francisco’s McRoskey Mattress Co. — and now so do residents of a South of Market low-income housing complex.

In its 113-year history, McRoskey has reportedly sold beds to Prince Charles, the late Steve Jobs and several members of the 49ers, but the company’s best work might be the donations it has provided to the Canon Barcus Community House, a long-term housing center for homeless and low-income families that’s run by Episcopal Community Services.

“It’s a tremendous gesture,” said the complex’s director of development, Bruce Beery. “These are super-high-quality items. It’s jaw-dropping.”

McRoskey has supplied the building with more than 300 beds since its 2002 opening, and continues to do so on an as-needed basis. Initially, Episcopal Community Services had asked members of the St. Francis Episcopal Church to donate comforters, quilts and pillows, but McRoskey President Robin McRoskey Azevedo, a member of the parish, thought she could do more.

“I thought, ‘Gee, it would be great if my company could do the mattresses for them too,’” McRoskey Azevedo said.

“It was an emotional reaction that turned into a reality.”  

The company wound up supplying mattresses, box springs, bed frames and mattress underwear (cotton pads and waterproof pads) for every room in the building. And if residents leave, they get to keep their beds.

The housing center offers supportive services, on-site counseling and educational programs to its tenants — an approach that fueled McRoskey Azevedo’s decision.

“What I really liked about it is that they’re addressing the homeless issue with a plan,” she said.

Case worker Peggy Turnipseed Jacobs said sleeping on comfortable beds allows tenants to better tackle the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“Most of them tell me, ‘I’ve never had — never had — a bed like this before,’” she said.

pgackle@sfexaminer.com

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