"Beit T'Shuvah, Renowned L.A. Treatment Center, Receives Extreme Makeover" by Reut Cohen for KCET, July 20, 2012:
Substance abuse facilities typically focus on helping individuals get better in a safe environment but overlook the aesthetics of the individual's surroundings. Beit T'Shuvah, a Los Angeles non-profit residential treatment center for people committed to overcoming destructive addictions, wasn't uninhabitable or decrepit, but the rooms weren't exactly welcoming. The carpets were stained, and beds and dressers blocked the windows -- the rooms were just a place to sleep, fairly standard for a rehabilitation center.Read it all here.
But this center, renowned for helping individuals from all backgrounds kick addictions, ranging from drug abuse to gambling, by integrating the teachings of the Torah with the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, went a step beyond the others -- and the residents are very impressed with the outcome.
"I think that this room completely describes me," said Jonny Friedman, a 23-year-old web designer, who said the designer of his new room had truly attempted to create an environment that suited his youth and personal tastes. "I feel like coming to a room that's this clean, this amazing, gives you a good feeling -- a Zen, if you will," he said, pointing to graffiti art on the wall that spells out "Zen."
Like the other 70 designers involved in the makeover of Beit T'Shuvah, Julie Soter had two weeks to re-do the room and bathroom. The redesign included updating the bathrooms, electricity, and floors.
"Doug, the graffiti artist, was unbelievable. He used to get arrested for doing this," Soter said. "This wall is tight! I'm going around -- a 50-something year old woman -- saying 'it's tight,'" she added while laughing...