ACS Emergency Shelter Makeover Adds Warmth, Comfort

A photo of an ACS Emergency Shelter bedroom before the makeover.

A month ago, Austin Children’s Shelter’s Kari Hamilton posted the above photo of a bedroom in the ACS Emergency Shelter cottage to social media, asking for help with a makeover. Kari wanted to “add some life and warmth” to help make the children and youth who stay with us to feel safe and comforted.

The post spread like wildfire, and the community response that followed was incredible. Our staff, volunteers, and the wider community contributed funds, items, and time to transform the space. See below for photos of the makeover.

If you want to join the effort, check out our ACS Amazon wish list to see what items we need the most to round out the safe, supportive environment at the shelter.

Donations pile up in Kari Hamilton's office.

Just days after her initial post, Kari’s office was flooded with donated items from ACS’s Amazon wish list. Volunteers signups also poured in. As Kari put it on Facebook, “It sure takes a village to care for these children and we are so thankful for you!”

Once the items and volunteers were rolling in, it was time to get to work!

Paint is applied to ACS Emergency Shelter bedroom walls.

Paint is applied to ACS Emergency Shelter bedroom walls.

Volunteers work to refresh the paint on ACS shelter walls.

Volunteers work to refresh the paint on ACS shelter walls.

Volunteers add warmth to the ACS shelter space with a new coat of paint.

Volunteers add warmth to the ACS shelter space with a new coat of paint.

One of our artists works on The Dream Wall mural.

One of our artists works on The Dream Wall mural.

Community members hard at work painting the mural in the reading/gaming space.

Community members hard at work painting the mural in the reading/gaming space.

The completed mural highlights attributes our kids aspire to.

The completed mural highlights attributes our kids aspire to.

The mural emphasizes kindness and respect.

The mural emphasizes kindness and respect.

Completed reading and gaming space with floor seating added.

Completed reading and gaming space with floor seating added.

The team takes a break in the newly remodeled space.

The team takes a break in the newly remodeled space.

Our kids are going to love this space. Thank you to everyone who supported this project with donations and/or volunteer time. We appreciate you so much.

If you want to help us continue to improve this welcoming, functional, safe environment, please check out our Amazon wish list.

 

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