I had the great privilege recently of meeting Carla Patton, a volunteer for Kingdom Design Ministries, which operates primarily in Blount County, Tennessee, with a little work being done in Knox and Monroe Counties. This fantastic nonprofit organization creates dream rooms for kids who’ve experienced trauma or illness in order to improve the quality of life of the children and their caregivers.
Kingdom Design Ministries is the dream child of Missy Johnson, the organization’s founder, whose experience as an interior designer serves as a great tool to creating dream spaces. Dream rooms are created with the use of medical equipment, computer technology, sensory integration, and color theory. Consideration is also given to health and safety, wellbeing, independence, functionality, sustainability, environment and recycling, and spirituality during the process of room design.
Dream rooms are provided to families free of charge through donations, fundraising, and partnerships, and recipients are selected partially on financial need and the inability to purchase such spaces on their own. The organization is currently working on a room for a 12 year old with severe cerebral palsy.
If you know a child or family who would be a good recipient of a Kingdom Design Ministries room, you can refer them on the organization’s website. The child must be an adopted or biological child (not currently in foster care). The family must live in and own their own home (no rentals).
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