Jocelyn's Olympic-sized Makeover
Jocelyn is a vibrant, talented gymnast in the Special Olympics. Her parents desired a room makeover to inspire her to sleep in her own bed. Her initial Cerebral Palsy diagnosis does nothing to hold her back, but recent seizures have made balance a little challenging. This has not put a dent in her imagination nor her creative energy; and she had no problem giving room lead Emily Dolton a long list of hobbies and interests. Jocelyn asked for a Frozen color scheme, a personal fridge and a tree house bed, and explained her love of duct tape, painted rocks, Dance Moms and cute boys. Jocelyn's warm and engaging personality made this a very fun room to work on!
We were proud to partner with TVIA Chapter 2 on this Sweet Dream room makeover. TVIA is an organization that provides community service opportunities for high school boys. The four volunteers and their parents made quick work of putting together furniture for Jocelyn's dance and gymnastics themed room. The boys also painted rocks with friends for Jocelyn to hide as part of the Santee Rocks movement and made a duct tape wallet. Emily is particularly grateful for their ironing and housekeeping help.
San Diego Family Magazine donated craft kits, books and cd's. UPS volunteer Jenny brought crafts supplies from their office collection, as did Christine Mex from Brown and Brown. Sara Williams and Emily Dolton donated duct tape and art supplies.
Art students from Mission Bay High Abraham Farias, Madison Petrie, Sadie Salazar, artist Emily Dolton, and long-time volunteer Laura Cross created duct tape roses for the tree house mural and a fabulous duct tape dress for Jocelyn to wear.
As part of Emily's planned artistic touches, Special Education Teacher, Dan Bailund intricately cut out gymnastic silhouettes and talented Mission Bay High artist Kelsey Amann painted portraits of JoJo Siwa and Maddie Ziegler from Dance Moms. Emily decorated the door and created portraits of Harry Styles and Justine Bieber. Artist Tori Johnson created three canvases from Etsy-inspired art. We think the room turned out to be a perfect 10 for Jocelyn!
Innovation Middle school teacher Guy Henry utilized his digital printing lab to create Jocelyn an Olympic gold medal.
We are grateful once again for the help of Jose Morales from Cityscapes for planning the new door and for Missy Johnson from Rhapsody in Bloom for procuring branches for the bed and supplies for the floral display.
Thanks to San Diego Women's Chorus members who donated items and the Gomes family for the trampoline.
This room was so much fun to pull together because Jocelyn is truly a fun and dynamic kid. We hope she enjoys her bedroom for years to come! We've already heard from her family that since the install date, she has been playing in her room alone! Prior to the makeover, Jocelyn never sat in her room and played alone. We are so thrilled that this amazing team of volunteers was able to provide Jocelyn a place where she wants to be, AND a place that makes her smile so big! Her family is forever grateful for this gift and is already asking when they can roll up their sleeves to help another child like Jocelyn! This is the true spirit of Cecily's Closet, families helping families on their journey through life.
Thank you to our volunteers and our donors for making this room possible! And a special thank you to The UPS Store, who has donated to Cecily's Closet in multiple ways over the last seven years. From helping with our room makeovers, sewing belly bands, recycling durable medical equipment, and staff serving on our board of directors! We were so excited that we could give back by completing this makeover for one of your valuable employees!
Thank you to Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) for helping us complete our latest room makeover for a dynamic little girl.
Teen Volunteers in Action is an organization of young men who, together with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development.
We are passionate about providing volunteer opportunities for youth in San Diego. These teens from TVIA Chapter 2 provided hands-on help to bring the room to life. From painting, to assembling furniture, making beds and interacting with the child in need, the support we receive from TVIA is well appreciated. We are continually impressed with the manners, skills, talents and devotion these young volunteers bring to each and every one of our projects! Thank you for once again making such an impact on a family in our community of San Diego!
TVIA2 Volunteers Winning As A Team!
Olympic Retreat, Gold Medal Style