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