Since 2015, The Wheeler House has helped over 115 moms transition into permanent housing. The moms and kids who stay there use the space all the time — including the living room.
When we originally renovated The Wheeler House, we were so excited to get furniture moved in and see moms and kids living there through Giving Hope Inc.’s program. However, as time has gone by, we realized that it was time to update the look of the living room.
It's important to us and our nonprofit partners at Serve Denton that we don’t simply meet the needs of those in the community but that we bring dignity to the process of getting help. We want people to be proud to come to The Wheeler House or the Serve Denton Center to receive help from our partners. That’s why we want things to look nice: so people feel dignified and empowered when they’re at their most vulnerable.
When people feel dignified and respected, they are more likely to get the help they need to get back on their feet. It helps remove the feeling of shame for needing help. The fewer barriers there are to getting help—both physical and emotional—the more people are helped.
We’re so thankful that Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and National Charity League decided to renovate The Wheeler House living room.
After Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus removed the furniture and wall decor from the room and primed the walls, National Charity League finished up the next weekend. Riley and Delaney Jackson applied for a Ticktocker Action Grant (TAG) through the Texas Lantana Chapter of NCL (National Charity League) and on July 12th found out they had indeed been awarded the $1,500 grant to make The Wheeler House living room look beautiful!
The renovation was based on trauma-informed design. “Trauma-informed environments promote physical, mental, and social health. They ensure physical safety from harm and danger. To support mental health, they emphasize consistency, predictability, and personal control.”
Riley said, "When Ms. Carlie (Carlie Kuban) told us about Grace Like Rain’s expansion of The Wheeler House, and we learned more about ‘trauma-informed design’, we knew the family room makeover project at The Wheeler House was definitely the project we wanted to go for!” We’re so thankful for Brandi, Riley, and Delaney Jackson for making it look beautiful!
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