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Dream Room Giveaway Milwaukee Winner: Gerard and Colleen Campbell

Nominated by Heika Spielbauer

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

Gerard and Colleen give so much of themselves to both friends and the community. They take care of friends so well and make us part of their family. Gerard works tirelessly at a shelter to create housing and employment opportunities to Milwaukee's most needed population. Colleen donates time to work at a diabetes camp for children every year. They are about to have their first baby, after trying for over ten years. These are people who will go to the ends of the earth for others, before thinking of themselves. They recently purchased their first home and got a dog, Molly. Molly is the light of their lives and I cannot wait to see how cherished their baby will be. I have alot of medical issues and they have helped me to live with them by their patience and presence. I would like for someone to be able to do something for this wonderful family who are constantly the givers. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

The Campbells are always welcoming people into their home. They will house any of their friends/family and they are famous for over-feeding us with amazing food! But they only have one working bathroom - the 2nd bathroom (located in the basement) is currently in a mostly demolished state.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

Neither Colleen nor Gerard make much money in what they do for a living. Colleen works as a dietician and Gerard works for a shelter. With an upcoming baby tapping into their financial resources, they could really use this assistance. But they are so humble, that they would never ask for assistance.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

Their second bathroom in the basement - they are about to add to their family with the birth of a daughter next week and could use the extra bathroom. Also, the Campbells are always having people stay with them: friends from out of town, family from Ireland and locals who can't safely make it home after a birthday party.

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

Both Gerard and Colleen donate their time towards various homeless events. Colleen donates time every year towards diabetes based events/camps/etc. They collect donations for various organizations in Milwaukee that assist the homeless.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

Gerard and Colleen are two of the best people I know. They have good hearts and are willing to share whatever little bit they have.

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Dream Room Giveaway Milwaukee Winner: Tirso Martinez

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

In need of a big break. Family was evacuated from a apt for the main gas line breaking and never was able to go back. was trying to save money for a house but now we live in a more expensive place cause we had to take what was available. ITs me and my mom living together. i moved with her cause she can’t afford it on her own. We are good family orientated people. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

Just embarrasing porch. (mold broken floor boards, etc) Stained carpets. Bad wood floor. Mice, bugs, etc.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

We both work paycheck to paycheck.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

the living room so we can all sit in there as a family like we used to

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

Iam looking into soup kitchens during christmas time.

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Dream Room Giveaway Milwaukee Winner: Sara Weber

1. Why is the nominee deserving of a Dream Room Giveaway?

I like design. I like the energy created by surroundings that are in balance. It would be fun to decorate with less constricting purse strings to achieve a space that helps me feel balanced. It would be fun to shop with this budget. + Read More

2. Please describe the current housing condition or family situation that makes the nominee’s current home less than ideal for family gatherings.

I live with my parents until I'm done with school. I am fortunate to have two converted attic rooms. This would be a nice space to create a place separate from the common space where I could visit with friends. And I'm in my 30's so this isn't some 'party room' that I want.

3. Please tell us more about the nominee’s current constraints such as health or financial reasons, that prohibit him/her from creating a dream room for their family to enjoy.

In nursing school. Work a part time job. So finances are tight.

4. Please tell us what room of the residence the nominee would select as the Dream Room and why.

Already answered

5. How has the nominee volunteered or participated in the community in which he/she resides?

Health fairs. Coached youth soccer. Help at church.

6. Is there any other pertinent information that you would like to share as to why the nominee is deserving of winning the Dream Room Giveaway?

Everyone is deserving in some way. The fact that I took the time to do something that could contribute to my family and me, that seems deserving.

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