The following is from Isaiah House:
South Orange-based designer Kristen Beveridge, of KABWORKS Design, and Maplewood-based photographer Lisa Rayman-Goldfarb, have officially launched an exciting fundraiser and design project call “Happy Spaces” to help the local shelter, Isaiah House, redesign seven of its shared community spaces which are in great need of updating. Isaiah House is a shelter and food pantry in East Orange, NJ, that provides food, housing, and services to thousands of the most fragile members of our community each year.
The goal of the Happy Spaces initiative is to 1) raise funds and secure sponsorships to fund the room redesigns and 2) recruit local interior designers/architects, assign them a space and provide them with a budget so that they can help liven up these common areas with new furniture, paint, and accessories. As a local resident, designer and President of the Board, Kristen says, “I feel very passionate about this project as it is an opportunity for members of our community to come together and use our collective skills and resources for the common good. It is also a chance for the businesses who monetarily sponsor Happy Spaces to give back in a meaningful way, while also taking advantage of some great press opportunities that we have built into the project plan.”
The aim is for the designers to complete the spaces by the first week of June and to have a “reveal” party that will include Isaiah House residents, members of the press, the designers involved and the Happy Spaces Gold and Platinum Sponsors. Everyone is invited to donate to the project design fund, but premier sponsors will receive special benefits and media opportunities in recognition of their support.
Happy Spaces has already lined up some of the area’s most accomplished designers and architects, including Sarah Gee, Michael David Adams, Nurad Saeed, Alexa Harris-Ralff, Laura Carlucci, Jess Thomases and Jenny Miller to name a few. The common spaces that they will be tackling are shared and used by residents on a daily basis, including moms and babies, families, young adults and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Executive Director Zammeah Bivins-Gibson says, “I am thrilled with the idea that our residents will finally have warm, uplifting spaces where they can spend their time during their stay at Isaiah House. We want to build relationships and bridges between the shelter and the community, and I can’t think of a better way to get that started. My fingers are crossed that local businesses and individuals will want to step up to sponsor this project because it will be hugely impactful for the residents and the staff. There is already so much internal buzz about it, we can’t wait!”
For more information on the project please visit isaiahhouse.org/happy-spaces.