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Jonathan’s Place

A “home-style” emergency shelter for abused,

abandoned and neglected children


DANA is Proud to Spotlight a Very Important Community Project

in Dallas County, TX, Sponsored by

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of IDS, with DANA Member Barbara Gilbert

Abused children have lived through hell on earth. Not only have they experienced the trauma of abuse, but removal from their homes – as dysfunctional and violent as the homes may have been – can add to their trauma.

A group of Dallas-area interior designers are hoping to bring some comfort, peace, and tranquility to abused, abandoned and neglected children.

On Monday, June 7, 2010, volunteer members of the Interior Design Society DFW Chapter completed an interior renovation of the Mike Modano Cottage at Jonathan’s Place in Garland, benefiting the children and families of domestic abuse in the Dallas area.

Jonathan’s Place is a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. The emergency shelter provides specialized services and 24-hour residential care to children age newborn to 17 years, and is the only emergency shelter in Dallas County that provides residential services for children in crisis who are under the age of 10.

The interior designers of IDS solicited donations from their generous trade resources and sold ads on their website to raise funds. Then they created and implemented a design plan to renovate and refresh the cottage which was showing some wear and tear. As a result, the group was able to install new hardwood floors, custom bedding and window treatments, hand painted murals, and new furniture. The interior designers feel honored to be able to brighten the lives of the children who pass through this shelter on their journey toward new and loving homes.

Traci Connell, DFW Chapter President of IDS, stated, “As a group of local interior designers, we are thrilled to use our collective talent to make a difference in the lives of little ones in the Dallas area. We hope that the newly-improved Mike Modano Cottage will cheerfully house many children who are hoping for a brighter future. We are very proud and honored to have participated in such a worthy effort.”

IDS members who participated in the project were Traci Connell, President; Dot Greenlee, Barbara Gilbert, Co-Vice Presidents; Kendra Favors, Secretary; Betty Malone, Treasurer; as well as Kristy Mastrandonas, Alba Dorsch, Sheri Martin, Lori Withey, Candis McKinzie, Kathy Prior, Rita Aritam, Ann Marie Haynes, Nicole Arnold, Denise Piaschyk, and Patricia Weithers. Special gratitude goes to Ashlynn Bourque with Sherwin Williams, Craig Favors with Inside Expressions, Kasmir Fabrics, ProSource Flooring, Leann Baker Photography, Missy Thornton, Damion Brooker, and muralist Heather Jennings.



The Decorators' Alliance of North America (DANA)

is so proud of the hard work and the kind spirits of the

Dallas/Ft. Worth IDS members for their community work on Jonathan’s Place!



Enjoy viewing the wonderful transformation at

 Jonathan’s Place

Accomplished by Dallas/Ft. Worth IDS Chapter Members

and DANA's Very Own Barbara Gilbert




Johnathan's Place BEFORE


Living Room




Johnathan's Place AFTER!

Living Room




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