July 26, 2010

LOVE: By Design

It's been awhile since I've posted anything, but with good reason!

Along with some friends, I have been busy developing a new organization called LOVE: By Design. The vision of our organization is use design to serve and love our neighbors. There are so many in our community who give so much yet have so little...we want to use design to serve them. Our desire is twofold: to create a refuge they are excited to call home, and to share their stories with the world. Think "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" but less extreme and more local!

Our first project was for an organization called Taller San Jose in Santa Ana. Taller San Jose is an innovative Santa Ana program that walks young people out of poverty by offering the hope of a productive and self-reliant future. Whether they are emerging from prison, poverty, or young motherhood, the team at TSJ walks these 18-28 year olds through rehabilitation and job training in the areas of medical careers, office careers and construction.

The heart and soul of Taller San Jose is their Career Center. Here, students and alumni find the resources and personal assistance they need to find a successful career. The problem is, the Career Center was in a poor state. It was run-down, old and boring. Students have been crying out for the room to be updated and to have a space where they feel comfortable spending time.

We were inspired to help. Here are the results of our first project!

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If you are interested in learning more about our organization, interested in volunteering or donating for future project, or want to follow our progress, you can visit our website at www.lovebydesignproject.org or find us on Facebook!

3 comments:

Sister Eileen said...

Tara, I came across your blog by accident and immediately recogized the incredible re-design of the Career Center at Taller San Jose. What a gift you gave to us. I have been gone much of the year due to cancer treatments, and when I returned, that Career Center definitely lifted my spirits. The contemporary, bright and clean space sends two strong messages to the students: 1) You're worth it and 2) Get with it!. Thank you so much. Sister Eileen McNerney, CSJ, President Emerita

Tara Posen said...

Thank you so much! What an encouragement to receive!! I am so glad the room is making such a difference! That is above and beyond what I could hope for! I'm so sorry to hear you have been battling cancer...I hope that things are looking up. Blessings! :)

ayudate said...

You did an excellent job with this space!

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