We’re excited to be starting 2013 with a project that means a lot to the both of us – a project that we are hoping will make a difference in a lot of lives. Last month we were asked to volunteer our services to a wonderful cause – the remodeling of the Doorways Safehouse in Arlington. Doorways is a local non-profit that helps women and children displaced due to domestic violence. The safehouse is a temporary shelter for those who are in danger in their current living situation.
The project will entail a desperately-needed extensive renovation to the interior of the home. We’ll be joined by five other local designers who will be responsible for not only redesigning their designated spaces, but also furnishing those rooms. We have volunteered to work on what is known in the safehouse as the “dorm room” – it’s a space in the basement of the home that houses multiple families at one time. It is the largest bedroom in the home, and sadly it’s also what staff describe to be the coldest and darkest of the bedrooms.
We were recently given access to the home for the first time in order to really see what we’re working with. After touring the home and learning more about the women and children escaping to its security, we became even more determined to give them the best design solution possible for the dorm room. These women and children deserve to escape to a beautiful home – a warm, comforting, and cheerful place.
This is where you come in. We’d like to ask all of our readers, family, friends, and clients to join us in our effort to provide these women and children with a space that will lift them up, comfort and encourage them as they move forward to create better lives for themselves. As we mentioned, all of the furnishings, fixtures, bedding, etc. that we include in the design will be purchased using funds donated from you and the rest of the community we are reaching out to. We need to raise around $3,500 by January 24th to make the project happen. Giving any amount will be a significant help and get us one step closer to completing the design for the dorm room. Plus, all donations are 100% tax deductible. Once the project is underway, we will be sure to update everyone on the details of the design so you can see where your donation is being used!
A donation can be made towards our room renovation directly on the Doorways website (http://www.doorwaysva.org/donate/). The donation process from there is incredibly simple:
STEP 1: Click the purple DONATE NOW box
STEP 2: Type in the donation amount you’d like to contribute (no amount is too small or too large!).
STEP 3: Now this is the IMPORTANT STEP - in the “Additional Information?” box please type in ”Donation for RU Dorm Room Design”. This will ensure your generous donation goes directly towards the design project.
STEP 4: Click the NEXT button and then enter in your payment information.
STEP 5: Be very happy with yourself for donating to a wonderful cause.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU from the bottoms of our hearts!
- Jessica & Kiera -