Students helping to ReStore community

Students with the Interior Design Department at the Mount Mary University School of Arts and DesignStudents with the Interior Design Department at the Mount Mary University School of Arts and Design have been putting the Milwaukee Habitat ReStore’s items to use in a way that particularly speaks to our mission — enhancing the environments for homeless and supportive non-profit organizations.

Leona Knobloch-Nelson, Interior Design Department Chairperson, has partnered with My Home, Your Home, Inc (MHYH) to complete this task. MHYH’s transitional housing program, Lissy’s Place, in Milwaukee serves young homeless women by offering transitional housing and programs to assist them in the path toward independence. The Interior Design Students are provided with the opportunity to gain hands-on design experience through service learning. Through this shared initiative, the students work with residents, who are primarily women aging out of the foster care system, to design rooms that speak to their personal interests and preferences. Furnishings for many of these remodels, including the Crafter’s Corner, were purchased from the Habitat ReStore.

All of the Interior Design Department’s community service projects are funded with the proceeds from the department’s “sustainTABLE CHAIRity” silent auction. Again using items they find at the ReStore, students craft unique refurbished furniture and accessories for the auction. This event is held in conjunction with the Mount Mary University CREO event, an annual fashion, art and design exhibition. This year’s CREO is on Friday, May 9, at Harley Davidson Museum’s Rumble Room.

Milwaukee Habitat and the Habitat ReStore are thrilled that we can play a small part of this amazing program, and we thank the Mount Mary University Interior Design Department for their service to the Milwaukee community.