Since 1984, the Promise House has helped homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. The program covers their integral needs, including emergency shelter, transitional living, pregnant and parenting teen services, individual, group and family counseling, street outreach and educational intervention. Eighteen years ago when the Promise House broke ground on a new building next door, their former location became available for their Wesley Inn Program.
Now operating in the original main shelter of the Promise House, a large historic home built in the early 1900’s, The Wesley Inn Program is geared specifically toward the needs of homeless, pregnant and parenting teen mothers between the ages of 14 and 21. The Wesley Inn Program seeks to help the young women develop work and life skills, and to provide services to enable them to be healthy and independent nourishing parents.
“Many of the girls come from unimaginable situations. To walk into a home that you can call your own, or to have a bed of your own, or even to know that somebody truly cares about them, can be very overwhelming for most,” says Wesley Inn Program Manager, Tasha Johnson.
While the home has been a safe haven for these young women, it was time for the worn, scuffed-stained walls to get a fresh coat of paint and the furnishings to be updated and redesigned.
Dwell with Dignity made it their mission to help the organization. Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit group of interior designers and volunteers, who are dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
“When selecting the community projects that we do twice a year, we look for organizations that align with our mission and who could benefit greatly from our expertise and service. Often times, non-profits don’t have the financial resources to devote to their own interiors. We find that partnering with them at their facilities inspires confidence from the clients they serve and creates a more professional and warm place in which their employees can thrive,” says Lisa Robison, Founder and President of Dwell with Dignity.
“We have been partnering with Promise House over the last few years to provide home interiors for women and their children who have gone through their program, so we felt it was a natural fit. We feel like these young mothers have an opportunity to thrive if given the resources that Promise House can provide, along with the stability and comfort that our home interiors create,” says Robison.
DFW Painting along with a team of Dwell with Dignity sponsors, donate their products services to make the redesign happen in order to restore and revitalize this large Oak Cliff Home. Because of it’s size the project is being done in phases and DFW Painting had a major impact in the revitalization of the space.
“DFW Painting is so proud to help with the redesign of the Promise House’s Wesley Inn Program facility. As sponsors of Dwell with Dignity we are delighted to serve the Dallas/Fort Worth community by supporting such a great cause,” says Mercy Gary, Multi-Media Coordinator for DFW Painting, LLC.
“We couldn’t have done the project without DFW Painting, their expertise made this project possible,” says Robison. She said she appreciated the detail and workmanship of the beautiful redesign.
In coordinating the resources and donations for the project, Robison hopes that this project will spur future efforts to complete the rest of the home.
“We hope that the makeover of the living and dining areas will inspire supporters and donors to see the potential for the rest of the house. Dwell with Dignity would love to partner and combine resources to redecorate the second story bedrooms at Promise House in 2016. Together, we can make a big difference in a fresh start for these small families,” says Robison.
Phase 1 of the Redesigned Spaces
The two largest gathering spaces in the home, the living and dining room are the focus of the redesign. The paint colors in both spaces are complimentary colors. The dining room is a soft blue and white while the living room is periwinkle gray and white. The classic white paint color highlights the elegant wainscoting and trim while the walls are covered in beautiful hues of blue, purple and gray opening up the color choices for the furnishings.
“Our color palette was chosen to be both soothing and youthful, creating a space where young mothers and their babies may rest and rejuvenate in comfort,” says Robison.
The intention for the living room was well thought out. Robison explains, “From a design perspective, we were challenged with creating a functional yet beautiful space that would stand up to wear and tear, and be comfortable for nursing and pregnant mothers alike. Our goal was to inspire a fresh start for these mothers, while creating a comfortable place to care for their babies and rest at the same time. Although we wanted to create a space that is functional for several mothers, we strived for a more residential feeling as opposed to a clinical one.”
Replacing the old fluorescent lights, the dining room is now crowned with a beautiful wooden chandelier. The dining room serves as an area where the residents and staff get together to eat every night for dinner.
“The dining space is designed to accommodate a large number of mothers and babies. Lighting was a priority in the design as well as the durability and comfort of the furniture. With a potentially chaotic group of several babies, toddlers and mothers congregating at the same time, we looked to a soothing color palette and easy clean up to bolster both function and beauty”, says Robison.
“I think this redesign will give each of the girls even more reason to feel proud, at home, safe and loved. Somebody thought enough of them to want to give their home a redesign. That is huge!” says Johnson. “We are also excited that a professional painting company is providing their quality workmanship. I think it is going to mean so much to the girls to see the results of a professionally finished space.”
The photos below are courtesy of Lance Selgo of Unique Exposure Photography