Here is a little Q&A and pictures from the recent makeover of our children’s rooms at Dorie’s Promise.
An Interview with Heather Radu
By Josh Duncan –
Q: How long did the process take?
A: About a year to plan for it. Bedding, carpets, and wall décor were all shipped down with people who went on mission trips.
Q: How would you compare the rooms before and after the renovation?
A: Everything we redid was more than 14 years old. Our kids had outgrown toddler beds, and the bedding and other room décor had finally just worn out. And the difference is extreme. Color and life were brought back to the rooms. Everything looks as good as it did the day we opened 14 years ago.
Q: How did the children react to their rooms?
A: The anticipation in the days prior was so clear by their excitement to take a peek at what we were doing. We had no mission teams the week we completed everything, so the kids were living in the guest house. When they were finally brought into their new rooms, they were overjoyed to see every detail that brought those rooms to life!
Q: What were some of your favorite things included in the rooms?
A: I really like how each room has a theme, and how the age groups represented in each room go well with those themes. We took into consideration who would be sleeping where as we made decisions. For instance, the older boys who are in the pirate room are full of energy, and when they saw their room you could tell it was the perfect fit for their personalities.
Q: What motivated the renovations?
A: It was time. 14 years and 650 children have passed through our doors. Things were looking really tired and very worn out. We have always wanted to have a home that represented what we would give our own kids. I feel with these renovations we are
living up to that standard.
Q: How were the renovations funded?
A: We were fortunate to have several donors help.
Q: Is there anything you would like people to know about the renovations?
A: We are excited to have everything completed and ready to see 15 new children join us in the coming months.