As many people know, Beit T’Shuvah is always striving to give their residents the best care possible. We are lucky enough to have found a group of volunteers who wish to be a part of that vision, spearheading a project new to the realm of treatment facilities. Being a nonprofit facility that accepts over 70% of our residents without pay, the treatment has to come first, and unfortunately, aesthetics have always taken a back seat. Thanks to these volunteers, that won’t be the case anymore. Over the course of 3 months, a group of interior designers will take on the challenge of giving our primary care bedrooms a face lift- redesigning the 40 bedrooms from top to bottom. Beit T’Shuvah and the designers involved hope that by transforming the rooms in which the residents live, they will learn that respect for the place they live in is key to transforming their lives.
This past Friday, the first crop of designers was escorted through the rooms for the first time. Many of the generous designers had volunteered their services before they even knew what Beit T’Shuvah was and whom they were helping. Of course, once they found out they would be working on a residential addiction treatment facility with a group of people trying to change their lives, their interest was sparked. Their eagerness to craft comfort for people in times of turmoil is truly moving. Many of them fired off question after question, not just about the rooms, but about the residents who live in them. “How long do people live in these rooms? What kinds of places do they come from? How much closet space do they need? Would people actually use a nightstand?” The moment they discovered who they were doing this for, all the designers seemed greatly excited about the prospect of working on this project. They even jokingly referred to the men’s patio area as “our designer’s challenge.”
The interior designers, who are all donating their time and skills free of charge, were brought together by a new organization called Designed from the Heart. Heidi Bendetson, the visionary and founder who is bringing all of the designers together, has been hard at work as her and her fellow designers spend the days leading up to March researching this project. Rhonda Snyder, another pioneer of the design project, spoke to the designers about the direction they should go in with these rooms. “We want to make these rooms a serene haven for the residents,” she says.
Everyone involved knows that there will be a lot of work to do. Some of you may be wondering, “How are they going to redesign 40 rooms in just three months?” Well, like most big undertakings, it can actually be broken down step by step. Four male rooms and four female rooms will be worked on simultaneously. The residents who currently reside in them will be relocated for 3 weeks while the project is underway. Once complete, the design teams will move on to the next 8 rooms until all 40 are complete. The project is planned to take place from March through June and will culminate with a Grand Reveal Open House this upcoming summer, showcasing the transformed bedrooms to the inner community, the press, and the general public. Simple enough right? And the hope is that these 40 rooms will just be the first phase of the project. “We’d love to continue with the other rooms, as well as some of the common areas,” states one of the designers involved. Of course, it’s going to take more than just designers to finish this project on schedule. The Beit T’Shuvah Charity Design Project will be offering community service to local high school students as well as community volunteers for flooring, lighting, painting, and installing.
You can tell a lot about someone based on where they live. We at Beit T’Shuvah are all hoping that this design project will give resident’s the opportunity to start respecting the area that they live in and will hopefully turn a treatment center into a home.
*For opportunities to get involved:
- as a designer (whether you’re an interior designer or have incredible decorating panache)
- a sponsor of furniture or materials such as paint, flooring, carpeting, fabric, window treatments, etc),
- a service provider (such as flooring, painting, lighting, etc)
- or just a good ol’ volunteer
* Community Service Hours available and all Donations are Tax Deductible.