I feel honored to be able to partner with Designing 4 Hope and lend my skills to help change the lives of families.
Steve Ripka of Pottstown, Pennsylvania has always had a passion for design. It was that same desire that led Steve to pursue architecture design, to start his own remodeling business, and to become a founding member of Designing 4 Hope, a non-profit organization that designs and builds dream bedrooms for critically ill children so they have a special place to rest, recover, heal, and dream. His wife Rebecca, also a Designing 4 Hope volunteer, will join Steve on the cruise.
While attending college Steve took a job with a local architecture firm, but quickly realized reporting to a desk job day after day was not what he envisioned for his future. He left the firm and began focusing on commercial construction, building bookstores, restaurants, and retail spaces, and became involved with insurance claims for residential properties. In 2010, with the experience gained on job sites, Steve decided to start his own business, Ace Remodeling. The switch from commercial to residential construction allowed Steve to build relationships and work one-on-one with homeowners, where he enjoys collaborating closely with clients to help their dreams become a reality. When one of Steve's clients approached him about getting involved with Designing 4 Hope, he immediately agreed. "It only took a moment for me to see the potential in such a cause," says Steve. "I feel honored to be able to partner with this organization and lend my skills to help change the lives of families."
Since 2011, Steve's helped transform dozens of rooms, creating spaces where critically ill children can forget about hospitals, treatments, and needles, if only for a little while. With help from volunteers, Steve and their team has turned bedrooms into sports arenas, dark jungles, and space stations, and have given children facing incredibly adult realities a place to laugh and sing and play.