The living room after. *Photo supplied
The living room after. *Photo supplied

The Teen Haven facility has been given a make-over as part of the Orange Bay Company’s charitable fundraising campaign.

Orange Bay homes furnishings and accessories store sought funds and in kind volunteer assistance from other local organizations to complete necessary refurbishments at the Happy Valley site.

Teen Haven provides transitional housing, counselling and life skills training to young mothers (aged 16 to 24) and their children (seven years and under).

Orange Bay Company’s co-owner and home staging expert, Delight Morris, led the improvements to the facility. Rooms were repainted, redecorated and repurposed to make better use of existing space and create designated storage, computer and counseling areas. The residents and staff of Teen Haven now enjoy a refurbished common (living and dining) rooms, boardroom, counseling room, computer room, staff room, reception area and outdoor space.

Rudy Morris, co-owner of Orange Bay Company, said: “Since we started Orange Bay Company in 2009, it's been part of our mission to promote better living for everyone in Bermuda. Each year, we select a local charity to sponsor as part of our annual fundraiser. This year, we were pleased to help Teen Haven complete much needed upgrades to their facility to support the good work they do assisting young mothers and their children.”

Michelle Wade, Director of Teen Services added: “On behalf of the board, staff and residents of Teen Haven, I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Rudy Morris, owners of Orange Bay Company, for choosing Teen Services/Teen Haven as their charity fundraising project for 2012/2013. We greatly appreciate their interest, support and expertise. We would also like to thank all sponsors that financially donated towards the refurbishment and redecoration of the facility, and to all the volunteers who helped to paint, re-stage the rooms, assemble furniture and the outdoor play set. I am pleased to say that this project was a great experience as we witnessed the transformation of our facility to a more user-friendly space. It is only through the generous support of organizations and volunteers like yourselves, that we are able to help young people strive toward a brighter future.”