Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dwell with Dignity

One of the most amazing things that happen when you do a project like CityWalk is that you suddenly find out about all of the wonderful people in our city who are doing good works. Today I talked to Lisa Robison, founder of Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit whose mission “is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time.” Here’s Dwell with Dignity’s website:

Amazingly enough, Dwell with Dignity is already working with one of the families that will be living at Citywalk:

We just met our next Dwell with Dignity family- and, it is so fun because we usually don't meet the families we create homes for before they move in! This time, we are putting together a two bedroom apartment for a mom and 6 year old daughter who are graduating from the Interfaith Housing Coalition program. They will be moving into a new, mixed use building in downtown dallas with 200 units dedicated to low income, previously homeless families, and condo buyers. This new project, Citywalk at Akard, is really innovative and amazing!

See the Dwell with Dignity blog at

Right now Dwell with Dignity is doing about one apartment every other month—like all of us they have been limited by the time it takes to raise money and coordinate volunteers. You never know, though, maybe if we can supply some of the funding, we can get Dwell with Dignity to help us with the design of a few more of the units at CityWalk—not that Naquanna Comeaux and Johnice Woods have been doing a bad job, but it’s a lot to ask Naquanna and Johnice to decorate as well as do their main jobs.

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