A Denver man who was once homeless was chosen this year to help decorate the White House for the holidays.
David Bondarchuck, owner of Scratch Catering Services, helped decorate the mantel in the Green Room and the mantel and trees in the Red Room.
Bondarchuck started the application process in November 2009 to help decorate the White House. He was accepted in September of this year, Bondarchuck said.
Bondarchuck said he worked alongside the White House resident florist to create and finish the vision.
Bondarchuck found himself homeless at age 16. He lived in a youth shelter on Colfax.
Without money or many options, Bondarchuck said he spent hours in the Denver Public Library, where cooking and lifestyle books sparked his interest and passion for entertaining.
After graduating from high school, Bondarchuck became a caterer in 2007.
For his projects at the White House, Bonderchuck said he wanted to enhance the simple beauty of the Green Room.
"I didn't want to overdo it," he said.
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