Mini-Makeover at Bay Area Crisis Nursery with HomeAid Northern California and Brookfield Homes

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — What started as a De La Salle High School’s “Healing Spaces” program to renovate a room or two at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord inspired a full home makeover by HomeAid Northern California and home builder Brookfield Homes. When John Ryan, President of Brookfield Homes, visited the home for children, instead of committing to painting a few walls, he suggested a whole home makeover. Bay Area Crisis Nursery is a short term residential care facility for young children of families in a time of personal crisis. Bay Area Crisis Nursery provides services to families with parents who care but temporarily can’t cope with overwhelming, stressful life emergencies.

Brookfield Homes completed a full renovation of the interior of the home, including a new kitchen, appliances, two baths, interior doors, flooring, painting, window treatments and more. “Healing Spaces” refinished and reupholstered the existing furniture with a bright new colorful palate.

“We are thrilled to have been a part of this transformation and thank the generosity of our building industry subcontractors who stepped up with their support and donations”, said John Ryan of Brookfield Homes. HomeAid Northern California would like to thank the generous donors and supporters of this project including Brookfield Homes, Purcell Murray, Heritage One, M-Construction, CRS Drywall, JW Peterson, Bartlett Cabinetry, JR Pierce and the City of Concord.

A celebration of the home transformation was held with Concord Mayor Ron Leone presenting Sister Ann Weltz with a Proclamation declaring May 15, 2012, “Bay Area Crisis Nursery Day”. Supervisor Karen Mitchoff was there to support the efforts of the Crisis Nursery and the home building industry in giving back to children in need. Young women from the Peter Pan Foundation opened the celebration with an acapella version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow”.

About Bay Area Crisis Nursery The Bay Area Crisis Nursery ( provides temporary care for children of families that are overwhelmed by crisis or overwhelming stress. With the main Bay Area Crisis Nursery facility housing up to 20 children a day, aged 5 years and under; Dahlstrom House provides care for children 6 to 11 years of age. Dahlstrom House is the recipient of the cooperative makeover. For more information about BACN’s services, how to volunteer or donate, call 925-685-6633 or visit

About HomeAid HomeAid Northern California is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area. HomeAid has built 9 shelters for the transitionally homeless in nearly every county in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with the homebuilding industry and its vendors, partners and suppliers. Owned and operated by non-profit care providers, these shelters typically include counseling and job training as core components of their programs – ultimately offering “a hand up, not a hand out”.

HomeAid is currently building additions to the planned 34,000 sq. ft. Mission Solano Bridge to Life Center in Fairfield, CA, which will house 162 residents when complete. Other projects in the works include construction of a new Life Center facility at Shepherd’s Gate in Livermore, Ca. and renovation of a new Oakland, CA site for DreamCatcher, Alameda County’s only emergency shelter for homeless teenagers. For more information about HomeAid, visit


Cheryl O’Connor
HomeAid Northern California

Kirsten Fischer