Released 29 February 2012
Room Design Project Transforms Rooms for Teens in Crisis
Like an episode from one of the popular home design shows on HGTV, seven bedrooms in The Salvation Army's Booth Memorial Youth & Family Services facility located in Anchorage, Alaska, recently underwent an amazing transformation, thanks to a team of local designers, contractors.
What started with a conversation after the Army's Transformed Treasure fundraiser last Spring, quickly grew from a few volunteers putting on a fresh coat of paint, new linens and window treatments to more than 60 volunteers giving 900 hours of labor. Close to $100,000 in donated labor and materials were contributed to the project, covering everything from carpet to window treatments, paint, artwork and furnishings. Cindy Curtis, who serves on the Anchorage Advisory Board and helped spearhead this project, said "Of all the projects I've worked to help organize in Anchorage, none has been so well supported and come together as quickly as this did!"
With only a carpet sample and basic safety guidelines, the room designers were asked to create and implement their vision for their selected rooms. The end result was stunning, individualized designs that transformed the rooms from their former outdated institutional look. RIM Design, RIM Architects, RIM First People & Cornerstone Construction designed the "You-nique" room, filled with positive affirmations to remind each girl of her worth. The Anchorage Zonta Club designed the "Yellow Rose" room, which symbolizes their commitment to advancing the status of young women. The "Berry Room", designed by CH2MHill, is a reminder of Alaskan summers. The American Society of Interior Designers completed the "Pink Blossom" room, with rich chocolate brown tones, accented by custom painted tiny pink blossoms; Carter Financial Group brought the outdoors inside, using birch logs to create an accent wall in their room, titled "Spice Fields." A spa-like retreat was the creative vision of the team from Medical Park Family Care for their "Wisteria" room and the Lasswell family completed the staff room, "Quiet Comfort," which now provides a sanctuary for staff who stay overnight in the residence. Special thanks is due to Eastside Carpet for their work installing the carpet and the countless hours of work by Truman Newsome and Art Barlow, retired electricians who without hesitation stepped in to complete extensive rewiring and electrical upgrades when the original volunteer electricians were called to work on another project.
The enthusiasm for the project also had some wonderful, but unexpected benefits for the program. Two of the volunteers that participated in the project will continue their support and involvement at Booth, serving as members of their Booth Advisory Council.
At the recent Room Renovation Celebration, Booth's interim director, Tom Nottle, shared that the significance of the project was so much more than the process of remodeling. "If you could know the very difficult and often abusive situations that results in girls coming to our program, you would understand they've not likely seen such spontaneous generosity and kindness being shown to them," said Nottle. "We say that on Sunday we go to a house of prayer, but everyday at Booth we say this is a house of care and this project has helped express that to our clients."