Visit this webpage often to get Milwaukee Updates and news coverage about Design for a Difference-Milwaukee. As FLOOR360 brings the interior design community and area businesses together to provide a free makeover, you will meet everyone involved and find out what steps they are taking to create a great space for a special place in our community.
(MILWAUKEE) – It’s a creative collective of businesses that want to help. Volunteers and designers recently unveiled a revamped and refurbished group home for troubled youth in Milwaukee. The floor to ceiling redesign was made possible through the efforts of Design for a Difference. Watch Story
October 13 – The completed Design for a Difference interior makeover of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center was unveiled to the leadership team and volunteers for the first time! It was an emotional and exciting day for both the design team who planned and executed the makeover as well as the leadership team and volunteers for the non-profit. FLOOR360 and Milwaukee Magazine are very proud to bring the Design for a Difference movement to the Milwaukee area. The local interior design community came together in June to start planning, then used their business connections to receive donations and installed their designs over two weeks while the Walker’s Point staff moved out. Everyone who works at FLOOR360 put in volunteer hours to make it happen especially Bob Kashou FLOOR360 carpet consultant and Kelly Kuehn the project leader and manager of Kashou Design Studio inside FLOOR360.
FLOOR360 is forever grateful for the dedicated interior designers who have been planning the makeover of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center for the last six months. Everyone inside Walker’s Point moves out for two weeks so demolition, installation, painting and decorating can be completed. That’s where volunteers and area businesses donate their materials and skills to make the space special.
Spectrum News1 WI (Aug. 14) “Our shelter does great work, but our shelter also looks like it’s been doing great work with teenagers for 40 something years,” O’Connell said.
Soon that will change. A Wisconsin organization called Floor360 will soon renovate the house.
“So what we can do is at least give them a space that is uplifting, something that is fresh and new to help them feel relaxed and comfortable in their space,” said Kelly Kuehn, a design studio manager for Floor360 in Milwaukee. Watch Story
(From their website)
Teens who come to us for help are usually doing so because they are having serious problems at home. Many leave home because of reported physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Many of these teens also come from alcohol or drug addicted families.
In recent years we have noted a major rise in homeless youth needing services. Our goals are to encourage families to work out their problems , help youth to decide upon a positive course of action and ensure a more stable living environment for youth.
It is difficult to get a full sense of the size of the homeless youth population in Milwaukee, as these vulnerable teens tend to stay out of the public eye. Yet according to the national runaway prevalence study from the Urban Institute in 2010, one in five youth run away from home before reaching the age of eighteen, and that half of these run away two or more times. Reports of child abuse and neglect, a common issue cited by youth in emergency shelter, have also been at very high levels.
Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center is licensed as a child welfare agency by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. The Runaway and Teen Crisis shelter is a state licensed group home. Read more
(July 30, 3019) The Design for a Difference-Milwaukee team met together on-site at Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center. This was the first time the interior design professionals who are donating their time and talents have seen the space. The most important meeting in the process is when the design team meets with the people who use the facility day in and day out. The design team learns how the spaces are currently used, and what the staff hopes for the space in the future.
Below is a photo of some members of the design team with a list of all the members.
Amy Seckinger – Amy Seckinger Designs
Sally Lyons – FLOOR360
Kelly Kuehn – FLOOR360 and Design for a Difference – Milwaukee Project Leader
Bob Kashou – FLOOR360, Kashou Design Studio
Chelsea Puetz – KR Schaetz
Katie Ryan – Kreativ Stone & Design
Natalie Blais – Milwaukee Magazine
Katie Williams – Milwaukee Magazine
Natasa Jones – Natasa Jones Interiors
Christine Mutschler – Office Furniture Resources
Anna Janke – Peridot Design
Lin Linder – Terra Domus Design Group
Shalina Ali – True Skool
Fidel Verdin – True Skool
(July 19, 2019) Milwaukee Magazine as our partner, offered to host the first design team meeting to review floor plans and photos of Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, the recipient of the 2019 Design for a Difference-Milwaukee makeover. FLOOR360 Milwaukee / Kashou Design Studio Manager Kelly Kuehn is the design team leader for Design for a Difference- Milwaukee. Kelly organized a meeting of the interior design professionals who are donating their time and talents from July through October to plan, design and execute the makeover inside Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center. The objective of the first meeting is to inspire each member of the design team to commit to one area inside the non-profit that they will be responsible for designing.
(July 10, 2019) The Design for a Difference-Milwaukee selection committee comprised of FLOOR360 and Milwaukee Magazine representatives, requested a meeting with the leadership team at Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center in Milwaukee on July 10. Before that time, the selection committee had decided that the recipient of the 2019 Makeover will be Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center. The selection committee had the pleasure of surprising Executive Director Audra O’Connell and Director of Housing and Crisis Services Ryan Miller with the good news that their non-profit had been selected this year.
Written by Chris Drosner
Milwaukee Magazine (July 10, 2019) Design for a Difference, a national movement that provides a professional makeover of local nonprofits’ spaces free of charge, is stepping in to make that happen. The initiative, spearheaded locally by FLOOR360, has selected Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center as its first recipient in the Milwaukee area. Over the next three months or so, a volunteer team of designers will work with suppliers, installers, painters and other volunteers to plan and execute the renovation using donated furniture and materials. Read more