We are frequently asked “What is a homeless shelter makeover?” Deserving Decor provides services for 42 homeless shelter apartments, called Supportive Shelter Housing, provided by Bucks County Housing Group.
All makeover projects are completed during the day on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Basically, it is divided into three phases.
- Assessment of furnishings
- Furnishing and Decorating
The first phase is assessment of furnishings. The apartments are checked for furniture that is in need of repair or replacement. Anything that is not functional or unsightly is removed and replacement items are supplied during the third phase. A checklist of needed items is sent to all partner volunteer coordinators to perform this task prior to makeover day.
The second phase is cleaning. Cleaning time varies depending on the size and condition of the apartment. The shelter apartments range in size from one bedroom to four bedrooms.
The third phase is furnishing and decorating, this includes replacing furnishings as needed. We supply bedding, shower curtains, bath mats, towels, and home decor for the apartments. We make beds, hang artwork, place lamps, install window treatments, area rugs and other decorative items to help make the shelter apartment feel like a home. The children’s bedrooms are decorated according to age and gender.
The entire process (second and third phases) are completed in one day, with the exception of loading the truck with needed items which is completed the day prior to the shelter apartment makeover.
We have provided over 200 homeless shelter makeovers throughout Bucks County since our first makeover in May of 2008 and have supplied numerous newly housed families with furnishings and home decor.
The whole process can be hectic, but always comes together in the end. Although we don’t usually meet the families moving into the apartments, we receive feedback from the BCHG Case Managers and Volunteer Coordinators who convey to us how happy the families are in their new “homes”. It is a gratifying and moving experience and what keeps us going.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with cleaning and furnishing/decorating the shelter properties, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to volunteers that help with makeovers, there are other volunteer positions available, some of which can be done from home. Please view our Volunteer page for current volunteer opportunities.
Without our dedicated volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do!
Written by Beth Baker, Deserving Decor Founder