Make a house a home

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True story. A chronically homeless man was placed in permanent housing. It happened to be at a motel. But his case worker found out that he wasn’t staying there. Instead, he would visit another formerly homeless man and stay at his place. The case worker asked him why. “Because,” he said, “my house doesn’t look like a home.”

Indeed, it looked like a motel room.

We fixed that. We gave him paintings for the walls, table lamps, throw pillows for the couch, a flower arrangement and other decorative items. Finally, the case worker said, he stayed home.

There’s actually a little bit of science about this.

“The environment around us affects our mood, productivity, energy levels and attitude,” says interior designer Jessica Dauray. “Creating a beautiful space to call home is not just about impressing your guests and surrounding yourself with pretty items. It is about creating a space where you feel relaxed, comfortable, organized and at peace.”

And it doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a major corporation or a homeless guy who has four walls and a roof for the first time in years. Everyone deserves a chance to be comfortable and at peace.

So that’s what we do. That’s why we matter. Not only do we take care of basic necessities for those in need, we also try to take care of the soul.

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