A range of Madison, Wis., businesses joined local sponsor Floor360 in supporting this year’s Design for a Difference beneficiary, Center for Families, a non-profit organization that offers instruction, support, emergency child care, in-home visits and valuable resources that parents need to meet the challenges of parenting.
To date, Floor360 received over $140,000 in goods and services to execute the design makeover for Center for Families, according to the company.
The project, which was led by a team of Madison-area designers including Angela Skalitzky, Dani Frank, Caren King, Katie Merical and Michelle Schildgen, was a complete transformation of the facility in a one-week timeframe. The makeover included new flooring, the addition of an extra bedroom, new kitchen space, furniture, play areas, a media center and fun, decorative yet practical accessories. According to the designers, the goal was to create a more welcoming and fun environment for the families to help the children feel at ease when they come to the center. In addition, the new space was outfitted with Murphy beds and a breakroom to provide employees and volunteers with more comfortable resting places.
"Families in need often have to settle for what's good enough and so do the agencies that help these families,”said Meg Miller, interim executive director and Respite Center manager. “Being chosen as the charity makeover for Design for a Difference and the amazing outpouring of community support is overwhelming and illustrates how the greater Dane County community believes that vulnerable children and their parents are worth the investment.”
There will be an Open House for the public to attend on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. Mark Brunetz, designer and spokesperson for Design for a Difference, will be on hand at the event.
“Design for a Difference as a movement provides an incredible platform for local businesses and designers to collaborate and truly have a positive impact in the communities where we live,” said Bob Tobe of Floor360. “The large number of companies and designers working together is amazing.”
For more information, visit floor360.com/d4ad.