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A Safe Place to Call Home

October 5th, 2010

024-2Happiness is knowing that you have helped to create a safe, warm, inviting home for four families that have been the victim of domestic abuse.  NCCF has now opened “Betty’s House”, a beautifully renovated home in Rockville that officially saw it’s first families move in this July.  Local redesigner/home stager, Karen Murley and I came in at the end of the renovation and furnished the 4 bedroom 4.5 bath house with donated furnishings and $3,000 from the county.  Special thanks to designer, Rita Carlson  for volunteering to decorate one of the bedrooms for a young mother and her infant, son.   Each bedroom accommodates a  family (2 or 3 people) and has a private bathroom.   The common areas were designed to bring the families together in a living area, a quiet room, a large kitchen with a huge table to seat all 10-12 people living there and a lower level consisting of a playroom, TV area for the children and a study area.  The children range in age from 4 months to 14 year old, so we tried to accommodate the wide age range with many stimulating toys and study tools (all donated).

Betty’s house is a wonderful example of what can be done to help others by putting together furnishings from many donations, combining them with a few new things and hard work.  Many of my friends will recognize their furnishings in these pictures and they can take pride in knowing that other families are enjoying them now.  Gently used furnishings can be re-purposed with excellent results when grouped together in a pleasing way!  Saves our Planet too!

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