American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) AZ North Chapter, Community Service Project…UMOM New Day Centers

ASID AZ North Chapter Community Project

Our chapter has the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with an outstanding organization in our community, United Methodist Outreach Ministry (UMOM).  UMOM is a Phoenix organization providing shelter and services for domestic violence cases and homeless families.  They strive to end the cycle of homelessness and build a bridge to self-sufficiency.  Our chapter and its volunteer members are working on a short term design project that will impact those who need shelter from domestic violence.   For more information about UMOM please visit their website at

The renovations began in September 2011 and will be completed April 2012.

The project involves four spaces; the family activity center, the domestic violence residential area along with its community room/children’s area, and finally, the 60-person boardroom.

Heading up this project is Professional Development Director, Jill Stebbins, Allied Member ASID.  Chair and Project Manager is Jeanette Knudsen, Allied Member ASID.  The Co-Chairs for each space listed above are:  Debi Law, Allied Member ASID, Gabe Holland, Industry Partner Rep, Lindsey Schultz, ASID and Cindy Lewton, ASID.  There are a total of twenty nine wonderful ASID volunteers working on this project, including designers, students and Industry partners.

This is no small project.  Each co-chair and their members are responsible for each phase of the design process for their space.  It is exciting to see the creativity and design solutions each team has embraced as they work through the design process of programming, schematic design, design development and construction document stages.  The challenge is the construction administration phase.  There is zero dollars to work with.  This means each team, along with the whole ASID chapter, is working diligently to find the funding, through donations and contributions of materials and labor, for this worthy project.   If you or anyone you know would like to assist us in this area, please let us know.