Almost all 20 of the young women who live at St. Helena's Residence, a foster-care home for girls ages 12 to 21, come from neighborhoods saturated with substance abuse, crime and/or poverty. More than 50 percent have endured physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Some suffer from depression, some from more devastating mental illnesses. And some come to St. Helena's simply because their parents died and no one is left to take them in. But here's the thing: The place swarms with good vibes. Elaine Griffin, O at Home 's Good Works Makeover guru, felt it from the start. Plus, Oprah stops by!
Elaine Griffin tackles St. Helena's lackluster living space.
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St. Helena's Residence, O at Home and Elaine Griffin are grateful to our contributors: Arteriors Home, Birch & Willow, Blu Dot, Sean Cavanaugh, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Harriette Cole, Amanda Cooper, Dransfield & Ross, Drexel Heritage, Hold Everything, Home Decorators Collection, DouglasHomer, Hunter Douglas, ILevel, InterfaceFLOR, Kravet, Larson-Juhl, Levi's, Longstreet Collection, Lowe's, Maids of Manhattan, Moxbox, Netflix, Pam Hatfield Studio, Michael Plummer, QVC Inc., Random House, Red Egg, Storehouse, Taylormade Contractors, Ultimate Window Installations, Julie Valeant-Yenichek, West Elm, Wingard Home.
From the Spring 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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