What is a home? Is it 4 strong walls, a sturdy roof and a safe door? Yes, it is. But… can it be more than that? We believe so.
Dwell with Dignity believes that a home is the stage on which memories are made. It is where self discovery takes place, where relationships strengthen, where babies learn just about everything, and where family members grow and develop surrounded by support and a sense of place.
We believe in our moms, dads and their children. We have heard their stories and have witnessed their tenacious spirits. Our families show strength when overcoming obstacles, and drive when working to break the cycle of poverty. They are changing their paths and inspiring their communities.
It is the strength, drive and leadership of these men and women that fuel our mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. We dream of playful days and restful nights where families can connect more deeply and live more fully. We work to help our families thrive in a new standard of dignified living.
Last week, we had the beautiful job of opening the doors to this new standard of living… this stage set for memory making… as we welcomed the Davis family home.
It was our greatest honor to create this home for you and your 3 boys. Almost 90 volunteers spent over 40 hours making this home with you and your family in mind. We wanted to create a place that represents who you are today! A woman of strength, compassion, bravery and honesty. You’ve overcome difficult obstacles and you continue to fight for the full potential of your family. You are a true leader for your community and for your family.
We are grateful to our agency partner, Rainbow Village for initiating our connection with you, Tie. They instantly saw your best self and fell in love with your kind and lively boys. They willingly stood with you for over two years guiding you to achieve the admirable goals you set for yourself and your family.
When the time came for you to graduate from the Rainbow Village community, they sent you out with nothing but smiles and satisfaction. They know who you are and my gosh, are they proud!
Tie… Cate, Lathem and I met you in the early days of the next chapter of your life. A chapter that was indeed sprinkled with uncertainty. Your gracious heart inspired our work for 6 weeks straight. We continually called upon stories you shared and imagined life in your shoes – days beginning as early as 4 AM for work and ending late into the night with your college studies. This home needed to work hard for you to support your hard work as a mother, employee and student.
Together with generous volunteers, sponsors and donors, we had the amazing opportunity to build you a home that we pray will grow with your family and be a source of stability and happiness. So many details are completely custom and as original as each of you.
Tie, thank you for sharing these six weeks with us and for letting us peek into your precious life for just a moment in time. You may not see it now, but you’ve positively affected the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta community in ways that are much deeper than design.
And by the way… welcome to our Dwell with Dignity family! We hope your new home serves you and your family well. We hope it represents this new and exciting chapter of your life, and we hope that it provides safety, stability, hope and happiness for as long as imaginable.
To our family sponsor, Edward’s Mother Earth Foundation, we thank you for your trust and your enthusiasm! Because of your generous donation, the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta chapter put our written mission into working minutes for the Davis family. It was our honor, and we have you to thank!
To our lead designers, Cate and Lathem of GordonDunning, we thank you for your creativity and your drive! You lent us your keen eye for design and your remarkable ability to turn empty places into enviable living spaces. Your infectious energy made every step such fun!
To our almost 90 volunteers. You are our lifeblood! In 5 short months you whipped our warehouse into shape, organized donations, refurbished heirloom furniture, created soulful pieces of art, shopped for home essentials, and installed a complete 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in just 2.5 days. It was my greatest joy to stand next to you all as we welcomed the Davis family home.
In addition, the Davis Family Home was made possible by the following:
Storage and Delivery Services: Knox-Addley, led by Mac Hodge
Photography: Dave Crawford, Loud and Clear
Family Photography: Patty Cheek
Partner Agency: Rainbow Village
Upholstery Work: Century Upholstery
Furniture and Accessory Donors: Robert Allen, Codarus, Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams, Peacock Alley, Benjamin Moore with Strathmore, Made Goods, Ashley Furniture, The Mine, Annie Selkie, Arianna Bell, Lamps Plus, Minted, Framebridge, Fabricut, Jill Rosenwald, All Modern, and Fringe Market.
Hey! Thank YOU for following along with us on this One Room Challenge! I hope you’ve been inspired to not only continue creating beautiful surroundings but to also lend your talents to the service of your community. #DesignforGood
If you are interested in getting involved with Dwell with Dignity in Atlanta, I’d love to connect with you! Let’s chat via [email protected]
Thank you for your support, talk soon –
Amanda Macy Hall, Managing Director – Dwell with Dignity Atlanta