Faulkner Lifestyle September 2019 Issue

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home for teenage girls in foster care from

around the state of Arkansas.”

quite a bit larger than we initially intended,

but we think completely worth it.”

Painting by Vivian Griffith Noe

“Haven is a 33-year-old program and we

have made three older homes ‘work’ for us

during our time, but we felt it was finally

our time to build our ‘Forever Home.’ We

broke ground on June 22, 2018 and moved

in on July 29, 2019.”

The spacious new facility includes

private bedrooms, six bathrooms that

will hold up to 14 residents, dining

areas, study spaces, an exercise space,

a laundry room, personal care and

counseling areas, a conference room and

staff reception areas. In addition, there

are outdoor spaces with flowers, plants

and recreation opportunities.

Special care was taken when designing

the home. Everything from color to floor

plan was considered before and during

construction. “We designed the main living

quarters of this house to be fully open to

each other. In the living/dining/kitchen

area alone there is a place for TV watching,

reading, art, exercise, meal prep and

eating. This helps with supervision of the

children in our care and also gives them

the opportunity to be individuals in the

activities they choose to do,” Marti said.

Marti calls the kitchen “the hub of the

home.” Not only is it fully modern and

completely serviceable, it can be used

for instructional purposes. “This dream

kitchen has commercial appliances,

quartz countertops, laminate cabinets and

an abundance of counter prep space and

storage,” she said. “Our teenage girls will

be 18 soon and it is important for them

to learn independent living skills such as

meal planning, cooking and cleaning.”

A first for Haven is the ability for each

girl to have a private bedroom, which

Marti says is “by far the favorite part of

the house by the girls. They finally have

a place that is just theirs with only their

things. By doing this, it made our home

Tranquil colors were used throughout on

walls and accessories. Marti said the kids

come from situations that might include

trauma and abuse, “so color choices

were very intentional. We wanted

calming colors such as grays, blues and

greens. All of the bright colors came in

through pillows and rugs.”

Marti says the new home was built by

Conway and surrounding areas, and

some very special folks donated bits and

pieces that make the home complete.

In addition, naming opportunities for

the different rooms were offered in the

capital campaign phase of the project.

This initiative was a great success.

“I knew as soon as we designed that

floor-to-ceiling fireplace that I wanted a

Vivian Griffith original hanging above it.

I also knew that I didn’t have the money

for a Vivian Griffith original,” she said.

“When I contacted her she didn’t think

a second thought about donating such

a huge piece to our home, even having

her husband Steve, another long-time

supporter of Haven, hand build a canvas

for her since it was such a large piece. It

was the calming centerpiece to the room

that I dreamed it would be.”

Adding a bit “of fun and whimsy” to

the home are three dog paintings by

Wendy Norris. “This is kind of a funny

story. We have a huge white shiplap

wall in our dining space and I knew

I needed something cool there but I

just couldn’t figure out what. Wendy

posted a painting on Facebook of a dog

she had painted and as soon as I saw it,

I knew. I did not know Wendy but that

did not stop me from contacting her.

I think I said something like ‘I know

you do not know me, but I need three

huge dog paintings in like three weeks

and I don’t have any money.’ And

believe it or not, she did not hang up

Paintings by Wendy Norris

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