VALPARAISO | Margy Boyce loves to be creative and has a flair for fashion designs when it come to decorating homes.
"I'm an interior designer and I love using my gifts," Boyce said.
So Boyce approached The Caring Place Executive Director Mary Beth Schultz and wanted to help women who are in need.
The Caring Place helps battered and abused women get back on their feet and many are placed in houses but they have nothing with them but the clothes they were wearing when the left their old home.
"With Caring Designs I help furnish a house for them, with furniture, curtains, lamps, whatever they need and whatever I have," Boyce said. "This is so rewarding."
Boyce gets help from people with donations, furniture and accessories.
"When these women leave here they have nothing but their clothes and the get transitional housing through Housing Opportunities but they have nothing to furnish the house with," Schultz said. "Now with Margy they have something to look forward to, a furnished house. Margy is providing not just a nice place to live. She meets with them and creates a home for them and they have input."
Schultz said a former client reported having more confidence and feeling better about herself after getting help from Boyce.
"We have helped 11 women and started doing this May of last year," Boyce said. "I get a call and then I meet with them and find out what they would like and I have such good resources. New Song Fellowship is our biggest contributor."
As member of New Song Fellowship, Caring Designs is under the umbrella of its not for profit status, Boyce said.
Boyce said they have plenty of furniture right now that people have donated, but they are looking for monetary donations to help buy accessories like lamps and tables.
"I use the money to buy new things like bed pillows, sheets, shower curtain liners," Boyce said. "I like to give them those things brand new."
For more information about this program or to donate, call Boyce at (219) 771-4102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.