Monday 17th December 2018,
Room In Our Hearts

RIOH and Habitat for Humanity Work Together

Home in Sea Bright

It's a beautiful thing when two different organizations can work together for one result. That is what happened when Room In Our Hearts and Habitat for Humanity worked to create a beautiful home for the Morris family in Sea Bright, NJ.

Moving in

It takes a team of volunteers to move everything in and set up.

Carpet Value Outlet

The rug from Carpet Value Outlet gets put down first.

With RIOH's team of volunteers and Habitat's "Jac" things got accomplished in a big way. Homeowner Leslie wanted her living room done after having spent almost two years displaced after her house was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. When Executive Director, Katharine Koehler, met with her to see what her needs were, she made it clear that she liked the room to be light and airy. "I can just see a baker's rack on that wall, don't you?" she asked. With that said, volunteer Alyson Santoro made it her mission to find one.With a keen eye for quality, she was able to purchase a used piece that fit the decorating style perfectly.

Wish come true

The baker's rack was the one piece that was "wished" for.

love seat with pillows

The neutral love seat was dressed up with cheerful pillows and a RIOH original handmade throw made with fabric from Thibaut.

Living room

The room was completely furnished and ready to relax in.

Family area

Many upcycled RIOH originals were used.


The family moved their few belongings in on Monday and RIOH was there bright and early Tuesday morning to get the main family living space set up. Our team was lucky enough to have Jac on duty from Habitat. Jac was both  helpful and a gentleman. We formed a great team and loaded in a couch and loveseat donated from the Sandy Recovery Team at First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank, new carpet and sisal runner from Carpet Value Outlet of Middletown and upcycled and refurbished furniture and decor from RIOH's own creative volunteers. New items were bought to fill in for things that were not donated.

Antique oak drysink

Antique oak dry sink is used in a modern way.

The cooperative effort and creative vision was all that was needed to create a space that Leslie and her family so desperately needed.

First view of new room

Homeowner sees her new space for the first time.

Looking at everything in the room.

There are so many new things to look at and take in.

Little details

No small detail went unnoticed.

Homeowner at rest.

The homeowners take a quick rest after seeing the room.

As soon as they walked in the room, we knew we had hit our mark. They loved the bright and open feeling of the room. They examined every little detail of decor and furnishings. But best of all, they loved the baker's rack. Job well done Team RIOH/Habitat!

New house in Sea Bright

The happy family outside their new home in Sea Bright.

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