How A Local Flooring Company Is Giving Back To A Milwaukee Shelter

This Milwaukee shelter will be completely transformed by the end of October, and we can’t wait to see it happen.

The Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center has long kept its doors open, literally and figuratively, for young people in need of a place to stay. Founded in 1976, the nonprofit owns a two-story house near National Avenue with room for eight residents.

The century-old residence, purchased in 1981, was showing signs of wear. Patchy paint. Threadbare carpeting. Worn furniture. And the center had no funds for a pricey renovation project.

That’s where Floor360 comes in. Every year since 2015, the Wisconsin flooring showroom and design firm has teamed up with the national organization Design for a Difference to completely remodel the space of a deserving nonprofit in the Madison area. This year, with the opening of a Milwaukee showroom, Floor360 branched out to take on a second project in this area and selected the Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center to receive the makeover.

Kelly Kuehn, a design studio manager for Floor360, and her team members worked with center employees to reimagine the space. They also reached out to local designers and community members to solicit help, in the form of donations or volunteer hours.

The transformation, taking place in October, includes lots of painting, laying down new flooring and bringing new furniture into the bedrooms and common spaces.

“I hope it will be inspiring for them,” Kuehn says.

To learn more about the project and see the big reveal, click here


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.