A paralyzed officer injured in the line of duty will be
getting a new home thanks in part to the help of a Siba alumni. Heather Helms,
who studied Interior Design at Siba, took action after learning about Mathew
Crosby’s struggle to find a home to suit his needs.
In 2010 Crosby, a Rock Hills police officer, was shot and
paralyzed while responding to a call. As the St.
Louis Post Dispatch writes, Crosby has spent years in rentals looking for a
home that is handicap accessible. Now, Helms, and the leadership at her firm, Schaub & Srote, are leading the
charge to design a home that meets the specialized needs of Crosby.
The community has rallied around the effort and local
media is spreading the message. Local restaurants recently donated a
portion of their proceeds to help build the home. Schaub & Srote will
create the design, review land surveys, and secure permits.
Siba Interior Design students learn how to design spaces for
the unique needs of handicapped and aging individuals in the College’s Universal
Aging in Place class. Students participate in assignments such as touring
the city in a wheelchair, and trying to complete simple tasks while wearing
vision-altering goggles intended to replicate disorders like macular
Donations to help Crosby build the home can be made to The Officer Mathew Crosby
Home Fund, 8816 Manchester Road, No. 157, Brentwood, Mo. 63144.
– The Institute of Business & Arts is celebrating 70 years of serving the
St. Louis bi-state area. Siba’s origins begin in 1947 with Patricia Stevens
College, a finishing school for women. Over the years, we’ve evolved into a
co-ed institution offering Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in the city’s
revitalized loft district. For more information on Siba and our proud
tradition, click here.