This Nonprofit Gives New Bedrooms to Kids in a Medical Crisis
About five years ago, interior designer Susan Wintersteen felt burned out in her career. Then she was introduced to a local family in San Diego whose child had just been diagnosed with cancer. Wanting to help, she offered to redesign the child’s bedroom to make recovery more comfortable.
That experience led her to start Savvy Giving by Design, a nonprofit whose members redesign the rooms of children facing a medical crisis. The organization now has 15 chapters across the country. “I love working with families that have a medical need where interior design is coming in and solving a really big problem for them,” Wintersteen says. “And I know that their healing is going to be enhanced by improving their lighting and improving their sleeping situation.”
In this video, Wintersteen chats with Reisa Elden, the head of industry partnerships at Houzz, about how Savvy Giving by Design works, and how others can get involved.