The last few weeks have been full of planning as Beit T’Shuvah prepares to undergo an interior design overhaul for their primary bedrooms. So far things have been running incredibly smooth. The interior designers have been assembled, and the workers and volunteers are being recruited. Everything is on track for the design of the first block of rooms on March 5, 2012, this upcoming Monday. The newest updates to the Beit T’Shuvah Charity Design Project were announced last Wednesday at a commencement brunch held for all of the generous designers and enthusiastic Beit T’Shuvah players to be involved.
The delicious meal catered by our very own Rod Moses of the Beit T’Shuvah kitchen was kicked off with a note of encouragement from the spiritual leader of Beit T’Shuvah, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, followed by a short message of gratitude from the CEO, Harriet Rossetto. Both of them expressed how grateful they were to the designers while interweaving a few key stories as to the founding of Beit T’Shuvah. “We help people realize that they matter,” says Rabbi Mark, “and this helps us to get the message out.”
As the honey crusted salmon and pureed cauliflower were quietly laid out in the back of the room, Heidi Bendetson and Rhonda Snyder stepped up to address the crowd. The Co-Chairs of the Design Project have known each other since they were 2 years old. And as Rhonda fondly recalls, “When Heidi married my cousin we finally became family.” As their friendship bloomed into family, they discovered a shared love for supporting charitable causes- some more taboo then others.
Heidi and Rhonda are clearly as excited to work with Beit T’Shuvah as Beit T’Shuvah is grateful to have their help. Heidi, who founded interior design company Designed From The Heart says, “Once I told people I wanted to take my project here,” people came out of the woodwork saying, “that place [Beit T’Shuvah] is amazing.” Coupled with the fact that Rhonda has direct family in the Beit T’Shuvah program, there is, for them, a vested interest in helping Beit T’Shuvah. They both love meeting the residents that they will be helping and it was a special treat for them to hear a personal story from one of the newest resident interns, Michael LaFon, who shared his experience and hope during the brunch.
Once everyone’s hunger for food and chit chat was satisfied, it was time for logistics. Rooms were assigned, technical questions were answered, and concerns were laid to rest. In just a couple of days, our first rooms will ‘break ground’ (break curtain? Break wallpaper?). It will mean months of hard work from a dedicated team of volunteers but everyone involved seems fiercely determined.
Stay tuned for our upcoming teaser video, and ongoing footage as the project unfolds.
*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
Please contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-702-2558 for details!
* Community Service Hours available and all Donations are Tax Deductible.