Mountain View, CA
Community spirit is alive and well in Mountain View, as a range of local and national businesses join local sponsor Interiors & Textiles in supporting this year’s Design For A Difference beneficiary, Community Services Agency (CSA), a non-profit, safety-net agency that provides a wide range of services from rent and utility assistance to case management to low-income individuals, families, seniors and the unhoused in the Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills areas. To date, Interiors & Textiles has received over $75,000 in community funding, goods and services to execute the design makeover for CSA including funding provided by LinkedIn.
Under the mentorship of interior designer, Mark Brunetz, co-host of Style Network’s Clean House, the design team consists of Mountain View area design students Milan Chen, Diane Forese, Eileen Lin and Michelle Talley. The makeover includes the complete renovation of the lobby space in order to create a more welcoming and inviting environment to help the families feel at ease and connect to the caring staff when they come to receive services at CSA.
Mark Brunetz will be on hand to unveil the newly renovated space at CSA on November 17th, 2015, and available for an interview. In addition, the makeover process will be filmed by a Los Angeles based production company for release in early 2016.
Maureen Wadiak, Associate Director at CSA, comments on the makeover, "Families in need barely have the financial resources for the basic necessities let alone the extras and so too the agencies that help these families often make do with their facilities ensuring that charitable gifts go directly to the people in need. Being chosen as the charity makeover for Design For A Difference and the amazing outpouring of community support is overwhelming and illustrates how the local community believes that the most vulnerable members of our community deserve a pleasant, inviting environment to come for help.”
She adds, “The newly designed space will provide a more welcoming yet functional environment for us to serve our clients.”
“Design For A Difference provides an incredible platform for local and national businesses to collaborate with designers and truly have a positive impact in the communities where we live,” said Fred Wee of Interiors & Textiles. “We are excited and honored to create a magnificent space for CSA and the families and staff to enjoy. With the support of a national organization like the International Design Guild, a local business like Interiors & Textiles can bring the scale of national resources to a local project.”
Stepping up to join Interiors & Textiles in fulfilling the makeover are local and national businesses including: Hunter Douglas, California Closets, Steel Case, Duro Design, Herman Miller, Diamond Construction and Building Maintenance, Jean Luc Renson Painting and Dunn-Edwards Paints.
Design For A Difference is the only community-driven designer movement that spans both the U.S. and Canada. Sponsored by International Design Guild, a co-op of home décor showrooms specializing in high-end floor coverings, the program partners its socially conscious showrooms with other businesses and interior designers to makeover much needed spaces at local charities.
As Co-Founder and North American Spokesperson, Mark Brunetz explains, “A truly inspiring space can build self-esteem and create endless opportunities for personal growth and development. In addition to transforming spaces, Design For A Difference is about having a positive impact on the human spirit." He adds, "Working closely with the staff at Interiors & Textiles and the inspired local design team, this makeover promises to be the gift that keeps on giving.”
About Interiors & Textiles
Serving the Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1955, Interiors & Textiles provides premium flooring and window covering products and services for the residential consumer. Dedicated to a customer experience that is professional, enjoyable and satisfying, the design staff and installers have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your flooring and window covering needs and expectations are met and exceeded. For more information go to http://www.interiorstextiles.com.
About Community Services Agency
For over 50 years, Community Services Agency has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The agency provides a safety net of financial, food & shelter services so independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained. The non-profit organization’s clients may be a young, working poor family or an elderly person looking for companionship. For more information go to http://www.CSAcares.org.