South Jordan, Utah—During the holiday season, QFloors participated in several humanitarian efforts offered critical assistance to people in need. First, QFloors employees donating clothing and supplies, such as diapers, toiletries and other essentials, to members of the Navajo Nation living in the Four Corners region, which was hit especially hard by COVID-19.
Next, the company took part in a home makeover for a family closer to home. Like countless families across the country, Elaine and Adam Augustine, located here, have been working and schooling from home since the onset of the pandemic and navigating the hurdles that come with the territory. Unlike many of those families, one of their nine children is 12-year-old Eli, who is terminally ill with cancer.
Uplift Mission, a nonprofit group headed by Lexi and Parker Walbeck—QFloors CFO Trent Ogden’s daughter and son-in-law—learned about the Augustine’s situation and wanted to offer assistance. “Since COVID-19, all of the kids are homeschooled, and Adam has had to work from home as well,” Lexi Walbeck shared. “The family spends all day, every day in their home. There’s a lot of people in a small space.”
And that space was quickly being overwhelmed. A lack of adequate storage led to clutter, and the home was suffering from issues with mold as well. “There was just a buildup of things,” she added. “To me, it was kind of representative of how Elaine and Adam must feel. They needed help. We wanted to make their load a little lighter.”
Countless people and businesses pitched in to join the Walbecks in their extreme home makeover for the Augustines, including QFloors. With his technical skills and knowledge, QFloors president and CEO, Chad Ogden, offered to help with the Augustine children’s homeschooling setup. After sifting through the equipment on hand, Ogden said he realized much of the hardware was a bit old and not up to the task of remote learning. As such, QFloors decided to donate new monitors and cameras to help them succeed.
Ogden also set up a remote learning station in the family’s living room to help keep the equipment organized. “It changed the whole look and function of homeschool,” Walbeck said. “It made everything look so clean and run so well.”
Trent Ogden pitched in with the renovation work and helped throughout the project. “Trent was very instrumental in this project coming into being,” Walbeck said. “That really opened us up to help make the project a lot bigger than it initially would have been.”
Walbeck said she also reached out to extended family connected with Ogden’s Flooring and Design, who donated all of the flooring and carpet to the project. A countertop distributor offered a generous discount on materials for the Augustines to have new countertops as well. Many other businesses and people donated time and materials.
Walbeck expressed gratitude for the generosity shown by QFloors leadership. “Chad and Trent both love to serve, and they’re very generous,” she said. “I know their customers at QFloors are well aware of that, but it was really exciting to watch them give so much to the community and to people that were strangers to them. They really made a huge difference in the outcome of this project and were essential to its success.”
A video overview of the home makeover can be found here.