Globe’s Madison Campuses Makeover An Apartment

Globe Housing First Team

Team Globe displays the donated items they used to refurbish a Madison family's home for the United Way Housing First Challenge. Bottom row, from left: Emily Georges, Tosha Onani, Jennifer Hilgendorf. Top row, from left: Amanda Hatzinger, Sarah Steiner, David Christensen, Julie Christensen.

Globe University–Madison East and West staff changed a family’s life on July 14.

Team Globe joined the United Way Housing First Challenge in which they painted, refurnished and redecorated a two-bedroom apartment for a single mother and her three daughters.

Housing First is a United Way strategy that helps homeless families find secure permanent housing. The challenge gave complete apartment makeovers to four families.

Team Globe had just four hours to complete the challenge. They painted three walls, assembled beds and added decorative items to make the apartment look more like a home.

Globe staff donated a plethora of items, including a quilt, desk, couch, bookshelf, shower curtain, sheets and various decorative wall hangings. “This was truly a team effort between our Madison East and Madison West campuses,” said Madison–East communications and community relations specialist Julie Christensen.  “I am so proud of what we accomplished in such a short time.  We turned a bare apartment into a cozy home.”

Sarah Steiner and Amanda Hatzinger painting wall.

Sarah Steiner and Amanda Hatzinger take on the painting!

Madison West administrative assistant Amanda Hatzinger took on painting responsibilities. “It was backbreaking work, but it was so rewarding to see the family’s excitement on their faces when they saw their newly painted home,” she said.

The judges arrived at noon to evaluate the final outcome. One judge highlighted Team Globe for the best use of organization and paint.

Madison West career services coordinator Emily Cassens added, “It was a very rewarding experience to see how the little things in life that we may take for granted every day can cause an impact on someone’s life.  All of the families were beaming with excitement all day and you could really tell they were very grateful for our hard work.”