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Design Cartel members, all of whom donated their time and expertise, were able to calm down the colors and repurpose most of the furniture. Design Cartel designers included Gail Gotlieb of GBG Interior Designs of Huntington; Barbara Seppala of Barbara Rose Interior Design, Middle Island; Adrienne Kessel of Adrienne Kessel Interior Design, Port Jefferson Village; Therese Pomerenk of Therese Interior Design & Decoration, Kings Park. Anyone interested in donating to Family and Childrens Associations or who needs assistance can reach them at 516-746-0350 or familyandchildrens.org.(Credit: Joyce Mullen)

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A teen shelter gets a makeover

When a group of philanthropic interior designers and employees from Triumph Structures Long Island LLC, an aircraft parts manufacturer in Westbury, put their heads together to redesign Nassau Haven, a teen shelter in Wantagh, the result was both comforting and functional. The aim of Nassau Haven, which is run by Family and Children's Association, is to give residents, who stay a maximum of 30 days, a sense of calm. "The goal of the makeover was to give them a place where they could feel comfortable, not like they're in a shelter," says Joyce Mullen, director of marketing and communications for the Mineola headquarters of Family and Children's Association. As many as 400 youths pass through Nassau Haven each year. -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

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