Creating Sanctuary : The Salvation Army Family Shields Residence

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project Description

EFSD identified prize money available through a Design for a Difference contest, in which a designer, if selected, could win $25,000 towards the redesign of a not-for-profit. EFSD identified The Salvation Army Family Shield Residence in Philadelphia as a potential partner.

The Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence is a therapeutic community; where the power of the group creates healthy norms, healthy interactions, and subsequently, a positive sense of well being for all. The Red Shield operates under a trauma informed cultural model called the Sanctuary Model , and is built on 7 core commitments including; non violence, emotional intelligence, social learning, open communication, democracy, social responsibility, and commitment to growth and change.

The Residence provides emergency and short term shelter for families in transition. The common lounge area and cafeteria areas were in need of renovation and provide meaningful space for families to gather, work and play and the end of each day. EFSD interviewed the staff, identified opportunities in line with competition, photographed the space, created a video and completed entry forms in an effort to win these funds for the center.

The Design Concept is to create a home like environment, providing a Sanctuary and safe haven to all who enter. Intimate living and dining areas will be created to allow families to function normally, while incorporating furnishings that can support a variety of needs.
The common areas on the first floor will be transformed to a residential environment through the use of soothing but cheerful paint colors, a variety of lighting, murals that display core values, and furniture that promotes interaction and maximum flexibility of use.

We created a video for the competition:

The project was not selected and as a result, the project was not completed.