JJC Interior Design Students Transform MorningStar Mission Home

What began as a bare bungalow was transformed into a welcoming home as three JJC students and two instructors added the finishing touches to house on the east side of Joliet.

JJC Interior Design Students Transform MorningStar Mission Home 
 
Interior design students Kelly Cabay, Elizabeth Jessen and Mel Norton along with instructors Gladys Hughes and Patty Mackey volunteered to furnish and redecorate a home owned by MorningStar Mission, a non-denominational organization that provides housing and support to struggling men, women, and children of the Joliet and Will County area.
The team began the project in late January. While the 50-year-old, three-bedroom home was in good condition with an updated kitchen and bath, high ceilings and small bedrooms posed some challenges, says Mackey.
“Time is a major challenge … [JJC] started classes last week and we only had a week to complete the project,” says Mackey. “Also, we are working on as small of a budget as possible for bedding and things like that …”
To accommodate a conservation budget allotted for by MorningStar Mission, the team utilized the mission’s resale store, The Treasure Chest II in New Lenox. The team also donated some items such as a dresser and window valances.
Once finished, the house will become home to a small group of veterans.
This is the second house transformed by JJC interior design students Emily Case, Amber Hooker, Tim Kugelman and Lisa Smith. The first house was completed in November and will house graduates from MorningStar Mission’s 180 program, a six month life recovery program for men.
Mackey says the experience has been rewarding in more ways than she could have imagined and hopes there will be many more projects like this down the road.
 
“Not only has giving back to the community been rewarding but as an instructor it has been as well, helping our students meet challenges in a positive way,” Mackey says. “At the end of the day, watching the home transform into a comfortable and beautiful living space that we all can be proud of was the most rewarding.”
 
 
Interior design students Kelly Cabay, Elizabeth Jessen and Mel Norton along with instructors Gladys Hughes and Patty Mackey volunteered to furnish and redecorate a home owned by MorningStar Mission, a non-denominational organization that provides housing and support to struggling men, women, and children of the Joliet and Will County area.
The team began the project in late January. While the 50-year-old, three-bedroom home was in good condition with an updated kitchen and bath, high ceilings and small bedrooms posed some challenges, says Mackey.
“Time is a major challenge … [JJC] started classes last week and we only had a week to complete the project,” says Mackey. “Also, we are working on as small of a budget as possible for bedding and things like that …”
To accommodate a conservation budget allotted for by MorningStar Mission, the team utilized the mission’s resale store, The Treasure Chest II in New Lenox. The team also donated some items such as a dresser and window valances.
Once finished, the house will become home to a small group of veterans.
This is the second house transformed by JJC interior design students Emily Case, Amber Hooker, Tim Kugelman and Lisa Smith. The first house was completed in November and will house graduates from MorningStar Mission’s 180 program, a six month life recovery program for men.
Mackey says the experience has been rewarding in more ways than she could have imagined and hopes there will be many more projects like this down the road.
 
“Not only has giving back to the community been rewarding but as an instructor it has been as well, helping our students meet challenges in a positive way,” Mackey says. “At the end of the day, watching the home transform into a comfortable and beautiful living space that we all can be proud of was the most rewarding.”

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