More than 20 members DECA Club of South Plantation High School came together to help renovate two family rooms at the Broward Outreach Center, 2056 Scott St., Hollywood, recently. The Adopt-a-Room project was started by club members Matthew Diamond and Valeria Saetta.
The rooms that were renovated, painted and refurbished have four beds each for the formerly homeless residents of the center.
The rooms also got new comforters, bed sets and pillows. They were unoccupied at the time of the renovations but families moved in two days later.
For Diamond and Saetta, it was not the first time the club has helped the formerly homeless at the Outreach Center, a branch of the Miami Rescue Mission.
The club is a chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America which helps teach marketing, management, entrepreneurship and other business related activities.
Last year, the club helped increase donations for its Hope Tote drive that brought in essentials of hygiene for individuals coming off the street, including toothpaste, soap, toothbrush and deodorant.
“It feels great to be helping the Broward Outreach Center,” Diamond said of the room renovations. “You can see how happy these facilities make the families who live here. We were able to make it a little nicer today. I think the rooms turned out very well.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF DECA CLUB
MAKING PLANS: DECA Club Members Celinda Santillan and Saige Kingsberg making the rough sketch for wall murals in Room 1.