FLOOR360 and Milwaukee Magazine announced on Thursday that Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh) in Waukesha will receive a free makeover to its community space and office courtesy of Design for a Difference.
Design for a Difference is a movement and national organization that brings flooring showrooms, interior designers and other businesses together to redesign spaces at local nonprofits and charities. FLOOR360 and Milwaukee Magazine launched Design for a Difference Milwaukee in 2019. Past makeovers have included the Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center and the Grand Avenue Club.
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ARCh is a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities and their families through programming, resources and advocacy. For example, their GAINS (“Growing through achievement, independence, nature and socialization”) summer program helps those with disabilities make friends, set goals, and increase their confidence through games, gardening, music, fitness and more.
“The vision for this building when we bought it back in 2002 was that it could become a hub for the disability community,” says Jennifer Horth, executive director of ARCh. “People don’t just use services from us; Parents see us as a source of emotional support and a source of information and resources. So people will come here for all kinds of reasons seeking all kinds of things.”
The remodel of ARCh’s space will begin in the fall.