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Special Spaces

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Causes: Patient & Family Support

Mission: It is the mission of Special Spaces to help make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by designing and creating their dream bedrooms, giving these children a joyful environment in their own home in which to heal and recover.

Results: We have completed over 400 room makeovers since 2004.

Target demographics: make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: sick children and their families nationwide!

Geographic areas served: states nationwide

Programs: Special Spaces bedroom makeovers, which give sick children the bedrooms of their dreams!

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 shelham

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is beyond a shadow of a doubt all about heart! From the founder to the various chapters across the country; from the volunteer directors to the generous room sponsors and businesses in support of the mission to help these children; from the various volunteers such as contractors, seamstresses, electricians, painters, muralists, and volunteers who give it all, and then give more…it all boils down to one thing…big hearts giving to very ill children who need hope and a reminder that they are loved. The rooms are beautiful and they are indeed a very “special space” for these children to go and heal and just be a kid, but the message behind the rooms is what I love most. That is that these children matter, they are not forgotten, and we celebrate them and all that they are in spite of their illnesses. I am the director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter, and I am also blessed enough to help at a national level. By the end of this year, our chapter in the past two years will have made 22 Special Spaces children’s lives just a little bit brighter (well maybe a lot a bit brighter.) But what I can also tell you is that this mission brings only the best of people together in the way of volunteers who want to make a real difference! And you will absolutely get back so much more than you could ever give with all your hard work, sweat and tears as you watch that child see their room for the first time after the makeover, and you learn months, or even years later, that their “special space” is why they fought so hard as the little warriors they are to win their battle with cancer or another kind of life-threatening illness. As one of our Special Spaces children said, “My bedroom is now a reflection of me and why I matter in this world. I am surrounded by everything and everyone I love!” There is no price you can put on that! This organization indeed is all about heart!!!

3 Tina45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Co-Director for one of the newest affiliates within the Special Spaces organization, Special Spaces-Green Bay. We have completed one bedroom makeover for a very special little girl and are hoping to do another room in November. We have been extremely well received within our community! A local baseball team created a fundraising event at one of their games to help fund our first bedroom makeover and they raised over $900. Several local businesses have made generous in-kind donations and we have had individuals share of their talents via sewing, painting and/or carpentry work. Being a part of this organization is amazing! We are looking for people to share of their time, talents and treasures. If you are interested in doing something wonderful with your free time, please consider becoming involved with an affiliate in your local community - it can change your life!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Special Spaces on the first episode of Secret Millionaire and was immediately hooked! I was so moved by the idea that such a small gesture as decorating a room could have such a amazing impact on a sick child and his/her family, that I knew it was something I needed to do. So I gathered a group of talented, generous and trusted friends and started a chapter in Buffalo, NY. That was two years and 12 makeovers ago! We've added many volunteers to our Special Spaces family along the way, and once they've experienced the " makeover big reveal", they're hooked too and ask to come back time and again!

We're not curing these kids, but we're definitely making their journey a little less scary and a lot more comfortable. And, we're proud to report that 100% of "our kids" who where sleeping with Mom & Dad prior to their makeover are now sleeping in their own beds every night!

3 Mary214

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Special Spaces Buffalo through Facebook and completely fell in love with the organization. I have been actively involved with them for a year now and the organization has changed my life. Being able to work with such an amazing group of people who help bring smiles to children with life-threatening illnesses has been an absolute privilege. It's an amazing and different experience each time a child walks into their new room and you see how excited they are. These are moments that take your breath away and bring happy tears to your eyes. I cannot say enough good things about Special Spaces!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a friend of one of the ladies who donates her time to Special Spaces and I can't say enough good things about the selfless people who take the time out from their busy lives to create dream rooms for the children who so desperately need them. The rooms are amazing and the families benefit as well. The people involved in this organization are awesome and are grateful for any donation that is given to them. They need all the help they can get and every penny goes into helping a seriously ill child have a space where they can be surrounded by the things that they love while convalescing.

3 Kristine T.

Donor

Rating: 5

On my way to work one saturday morning I was listening to Krista about Special Spaces on WCQR radio, and I have been hooked ever since. She and this company are absolutely AMAZING. I love being a donor and donating things like a brush that my salon sells called The Wet Brush for her to give to all the tender scalped children. I cannot say enough good things about Special Spaces. Please donate on a monthly basis.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

To make my review short and sweet, I would say it was like "Move That Bus" moment! Was such an uplifting experience for all my family. Will never be able to thank ALL the volunteers for all they did.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This charitable organization is awesome. Working for no salaries, they make special spaces for critically ill children. Volunteers and business sponsors donate time, equipment, supplies and money to make it happen. Be it a bedroom, a play area in the back yard and more. The children are given a haven desperately needed between their hospital stays and doctors appointments. Special Spaces gives this to them without fail finding designers, painters, builders, and contractors to volunteer their time and expertise; whatever is necessary to complete the project. If the parents have spent all of their resources paying for medical bills it is not unusual for these volunteers to also redo bedrooms for the other children in the home as well as yard work and anything else that needs to be done. These volunteers are so giving and dedicated it is incredible to see what the accomplish for these children and their families.