In previous posts, I wrote about the new IRIS National Capital Area Chapter's homeless shelter apartment makeover project. Two of the three apartments are finished.
On June 9, 2009, at the Shelter House.org Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, the Chapter received the Community Partner Award for work on the Patrick Henry Family Shelter. As President of the chapter, I can tell you that the results and the response from the staff and the family who moved in were rewards enough for the hours of work spent on the redesign and staging of the apartments .
To be the recipients of this award is such an honor. We are so thankful to be able to give back to the community in this way.
As if that weren't exciting enough, we were also presented with an official copy of the United States Congressional Record for June 9, 2009 in which Congressman Gerald R. Connolly of Virginia recognized "Shelter House.org and in particular the contributions its volunteers make in service to our community", and names the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists as the Community Partner Award winners for the Patrick Henry Shelter.
This project, which began with a desire to redesign and stage one apartment for the Shelter grew into a committment to fulfill an immediate need for three. Deserving redesign has created ripples that we would never have expected.
To see brief videos of the first two apartments please click on these links:
More on the third and final apartment to follow!