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A home for teenage parents and their children has a new look and warmer atmosphere thanks to a make over by the Orange Bay Company.

One visit to Teen Haven and Delight Morris knew the Pembroke facility was begging for her expertise.

She saw it was in dire need of help the washing machine, dryer and television set were broken; there wasn’t a common space for residents to comfortably hang out and there were a bunch of empty rooms stuffed with junk.

The home staging expert started Orange Bay Company in 2009 with her husband Rudy Morris.

They regularly donate to charities through the business, which offers speciality home furnishings, gently used furniture and vintage designer clothing.

“They are a great facility, but we could see they really needed an upgrade,” said Mrs Morris.

The pair campaigned to get others involved in the spruce-up at Teen Haven.

“The Orange Bay Company decorated the Teen Haven common spaces with a combination of existing, donated and newly-purchased items,” said Mrs Morris. “We installed a new flat screen television set. Bermuda Gas is going to fix the washing machine and dryer.”

Design firm CIG helped select paints donated by Pembroke Paint Company. They chose a pale grey for the walls.

“It was a neutral enough colour that you could do anything with the rooms,” said Mrs Morris. “Final Cutts Carpets were highly recommended by CIG.

“They cut the frays on the carpet that was there and restretched it. We also had the carpets steam-cleaned. That made a huge difference.”

Rooms previously used as storage were cleared and transformed.

“The rooms weren’t functional,” said Mrs Morris. “We cleared out truckloads of stuff that had accumulated over the years.

“We turned one of the rooms into a computer room with new computers donated by Arch Capital. Another room was turned into a counselling room.

“There was a boardroom, but it needed to be cleaned up. The reception area was improved.”

Lighting company ESC donated new chandeliers and wall sconces, truly brightening up the place. They also took care of some minor wiring issues.

Joshua Bates Trading donated an outdoor play area to entertain the children; community volunteers put it together.

A common area inside the house was turned into a cosy living room. It now includes a large table suited for games or puzzles, and an area where parents can play with their children.

“Afterward, I interacted with the parents and staff at Teen Haven,” said Mrs Morris. “One of the staff members said it was the first time they really used that living room.”

The Continental Society also offered its help. Members visit regularly in the evenings with tips on finding jobs and role play to prepare residents for possible interviews.

“At Orange Bay we feel it is our responsibility to help the next generation to be successful,” said Mrs Morris. “Making improvements to the Teen Haven home was a significant undertaking.

“It took a good deal of time, money and effort by the participating companies and individuals who put their support behind the Better Future by Design campaign and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted us.”

Said Michelle Wade, director of Teen Services under whose auspices Teen Haven falls: “We greatly appreciate their interest, support and expertise.

“We would also like to thank all sponsors that financially donated towards the refurbishment and redecoration of the facility, and all the volunteers who helped to paint, restage the rooms, assemble furniture and the outdoor play set.

“I am pleased to say that this project was a great experience as we witnessed the transformation of our facility to a more user-friendly space.

“It is only through the generous support of organisations and volunteers like yourselves, that we are able to help young people strive toward a brighter future.”

After picture of counselling room.
Before picture of counselling room.
Computer Room after the sprucing up.
Before the make over the computer room was being used to store junk.
Reception area before being redone.
Reception area after being redone.

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Published February 19, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm)

Teen Haven given a make over

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