Eight Interior Design students from the School of Art + Design who are members of the NJIT chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) spent Nov. 20 in Union, New Jersey, volunteering to help a family in need. Led by NJIT ASID Student Chapter President Nora Hamadé of Sparta, the group participated in the redesign and makeover of a home that belongs to a single mother who has three children, two of whom are wheelchair-bound with spinal muscular atrophy. Expecting only the two children’s rooms to be re-done, the family was surprised at the end of the day to have the entire house made over. The volunteer group from NJIT, working in the house with many others, removed staples from old carpeting to prepare for new hardwood flooring and spent a good portion of the day painting inside the house and working on finishes for the eldest daughter’s bedroom.
The event was the first of the season for Dream Room Makeovers, a charitable non-profit organization organized by Robert C. Stern of Livingston that helps renovate and make over bedrooms for children battling health-related challenges.