Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. revealed two dorm room makeovers at Texas Wesleyan University on Tuesday, August 20. The rooms were transformed from standard dorms to stylish, trendy spaces with wall décor, lamps, chairs and accessories gathered from the 20 Goodwill locations in the Fort Worth area.

Goodwill designed the rooms for the students to showcase all the wonderful, unique items sold in Goodwill’s retail stores every day. Deserving Texas Wesleyan University students Rolandra West and Ilksen Kirmizi’s dorms were chosen by Goodwill for the makeover.

West is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. After graduation, West hopes to work in the publishing industry while also writing books of her own. Kirmizi, a junior, is majoring in biology and upon graduation plans to attend medical school. Both West and Kirmizi are involved at Texas Wesleyan outside of their role as students. West works with I.G.N.I.T.E. mentorship programs, speaking to young girls about being leaders in their communities. Kirmizi is a member of Texas Weslayan’s dance team, as well as a member of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.

“Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth was excited to have the opportunity to exhibit different unique items that you can find in any one of our 20 stores,” said David Cox, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. “Designing Rolandra’s and Ilksen’s dorm rooms was a great reminder that creating a layered, eclectic look is easy at Goodwill.  Your space doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s.”

The two students each partnered with a designer from Goodwill to choose items for their rooms. West decorated her room with $225 worth of items from Goodwill, a $500 retail value. Kirmizi decorated her room with $300 worth of items from Goodwill, a $625 retail value.

“I grew up shopping at Goodwill, but usually for specific occasions,” said West. “I had no idea you could furnish a whole room for so little. When I graduate in the spring I’m definitely going to furnish my apartment with things from Goodwill.”

West is a dedicated, hard worker who has taken 18 credit hours per semester throughout her college career, including summer classes. On top of volunteering with I.G.N.I.T.E., West works with Boys and Girls Club as well as the Rambler’s Integrated Media program helping with advertising. She chose to attend Texas Wesleyan because of the school’s size and friendly environment. She loves having the opportunity to build personal relationships with peers and professors that a larger university may not offer. 

In addition to being a full-time student, on the dance team and a part of a sorority, Kirmizi is also a dorm assistant at Elizabeth Hall. She loves being able to put a smile on the faces of the girls who live in her hall. Kirmizi chose Texas Wesleyan because of its biology program and small classes. She believes the individual attention she has got in her small classes has helped her immensely as a student. 

“My family and I have always donated our clothing to Goodwill,” said Kirmizi. “I hope the girls in my hall will find some inspiration from how great my dorm makeover turns out. A dorm room can be a relaxing escape from school, not just a tiny room you have to share.”

Goodwill’s mission of giving back to the community and providing opportunities for deserving individuals fits well with Texas Wesleyan University’s mission: To develop students to their full potential as individuals and as members of the world community. Such common goals make this venture a successful partnership.

The dorm makeovers will be featured on Goodwill Fort Worth’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/goodwillguyfw, where fans are invited to vote for their favorite look.

About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.

Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities, lack of education or work experience and homelessness. Last year, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth helped place thousands of people in jobs.

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.’s, 20 retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also jobs for those in need and revenue to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. Goodwill also provides Tarrant County with nine career centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.