"Dwell With Dignity, Holiday Warehouse spruce up single mom’s home for the holidays" by Holly Haber
Dwell With Dignity and Holiday Warehouse have made Christmas very special for a single mother who is on the path to self-sufficiency.
Dwell With Dignity, a nonprofit organization of interior decorators, decorated and furnished her apartment in an upscale style straight from the pages of a magazine. Holiday Warehouse sponsored the project, capping it off with lavish holiday decorations throughout the living space.
The mother of two was nominated for this prize by Shared Housing Center in recognition of her completion of its one-year program in only six months.
The decorators used a soothing palette of blues and greens in all rooms, adding shots of orange, pink and yellow in the children’s bedroom.
Dwell With Dignity’s mission is to help families escape poverty and destitution by supplying safe, functional and attractive decor that includes everything from chairs, mattresses and sofas to art, linens and kitchen supplies.
The organization has furnished 75 apartments and homes since it was founded in 2009, communications and events coordinator Emily McGee said. Follow-up surveys of families served show that stress goes down and grades go up — along with a sense of security, structure and confidence, she pointed out.
“We develop an ongoing relationship with our families, and we’ve had so many moms report, ‘We finally made the honor roll,’ and part of that is the child having a room and a desk and an environment that they want to work in,” she said.
The group identifies deserving families through local agencies that assist the homeless and bereft, including Interfaith Housing Coalition, Family Gateway, Exodus Ministries, CitySquare, Genesis, New Friends New Life, Family Place, Shared Housing Center and Promise House.
Dwell With Dignity’s primary fundraiser is Thrift Studio, a 30-day pop-up shop of furnishings donated by top designers and luxury suppliers. Set to open April 7, the 2016 shop will feature 12-by-12-foot vignettes by leading designers in the metro area.