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Teen takes on family therapy room redesign

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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For more photos: Rocklin High teen takes on therapy room transformation

It has taken 75 hours, but Isabel Lopez has done it.
She’s transformed Full Circle Treatment Center’s therapy room from a dull-colored room full of mismatched furniture to a warm and open space teens and families will come to for help.
Lopez has taken on the task fully, from raising funds to purchase new furniture, to priming and painting the walls with a fresh coat of paint. But her passion doesn’t stem from a love of interior design (although she admits to enjoying that aspect of the task), instead it’s to help better serve her community.
“It’s more about the community aspect of the project,” said Christy Crandell, founder of Full Circle Treatment Center, a adolescent drug and alcohol treatment center in Roseville.
As a center that assists troubled teens and youth, Crandell said it’s refreshing to see a student doing positive things.
Sixteen-year-old Lopez will be a senior at Rocklin High School in the fall and is hoping to pursue a degree in international relations after graduation next year.
In addition to the 75 hours put into the therapy room’s makeover, Lopez said she has totaled 300 hours of community service through a tennis children’s camp, volunteering through her church and extra hours spent involved in school clubs.
Taking over the room revamp took an additional effort for Lopez. She sold approximately 1,000 tamales, totaling 80 dozen, to other students, staff and neighbors. From the tamale sales and donations, Lopez raised $835, which went toward the purchase of a new couch set for the room.
To spruce up the walls, Lopez asked some of Rocklin High’s Advanced Placement art students to paint relaxing images on canvases as community service. Three agreed, producing paintings of the ocean, green meadows and landscapes, which will dress up the walls with added color.
What made working with Full Circle even more memorable for Lopez, was finding out that some of her friends receive assistance from the center.
Since the center’s opening in August of last year, they have helped 25 families through their 10-week intensive program followed by a yearlong Friday night after-care program, Crandell said.
“It’s a place for them, they’re accepted, they’re safe,” she said. “Often times to move away from a life of drugs and alcohol, you have to make new friends.”
Crandell said Full Circle offers a venue for that, now just a little more visually appealing.
For more information on Full Circle Treatment Center, call 787-4357 or go to www.fullcircletreatmentcenter.-com.
Placer Herald’s Lauren Weber can be reached at laurenw@goldcountrymedia.com.