The Room Make-Over Gift Project

An Update & Invitation to Participate


By: Barb Burless & Lyna Farkas

If you’ve been following the story of the gift of the Free Room Makeover in previous issues of WNC Woman, you’ll be happy to know that all is moving forward nicely!  If this article is the first you’ve heard or read about the project, you can catch up via these links to the previously published articles:
You’ll remember that the winner of the Free Room Makeover is Gayle Sovinee, who added an unexpected twist to this project by paying her gift forward to the organization she started 6 years ago – Helios Warriors!  Helios Warriors is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that offers complementary and alternative therapies to veterans to assist in their healing from chronic physical and emotional pain, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and exposure to toxic poisoning.
Well, before any room makeover could begin to take shape for Gayle and Helios Warriors, a new space needed to be secured… a bigger space which will allow Helios to be open more days a week and to service more veterans than ever before.
The good news is, the Board of Directors of Helios Warriors has just recently approved a space in downtown Asheville, and volunteer workers will begin, in early to mid January, to turn the current wide-open floor plan into a space that includes treatment rooms, a reception area, and an office area!  Once those walls are up we will begin the Room Makeover to create a peaceful space.

Help is needed!  If you would like to pay-it-forward and help Helios Warriors get their new space ready to help the men and women who have served us and our Country, you will be greatly appreciated!  “In Kind” donations and services (those donations that are in the form of goods and services rather than money) are tax deductible.

For more info, CONTACT: Gayle Sovinee, Executive Director at or call (828) 299-0776

WISH & NEEDS LIST: (call Gayle if you have questions!)

  • Reception area chairs
  • Small tables
  • Floor lamps
  • Treatment room chairs
  • Desk
  • Printer Stand
  • 4-6 drawer locked file cabinet
  • Storage Locker
  • Small Microwave
  • Small office refrigerator
  • Printing/Advertising
  • Event Support
  • Legal Advice
  • Computer Support

We’d like to recognize and say “thank you” again to the sponsors who have supported this Room Makeover Project from the beginning.  Without them, this wouldn’t be happening!

Jonas Gerard Fine Art,
Frugal Décor & More (Upscale Furniture Consignment & Accessories), 
Benjamin Moore Mountain Paint & Decorating,
The Outlet on Kanuga Bend (New & Used Furniture Consignments), Call Ron or Jennifer 828.693.3343
Gary Lord,
T J Maxx & Home Goods, 80 S.Tunnel Rd. Asheville NC
Not Just Brown Rugs, (Handwoven Custom Rag Rugs) Call Susan at 906.498.2518
BB Barns – The Garden Company,
Silver Spirits Photography, Call Max at 828.776-7442
Spencer Campbell, Videography Student/UNCA
98.1 (the RIVER),
Mosaic Café,
1898 Waverly Inn Bed & Breakfast,

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