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Home renovation project to benefit local charities - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Two charities are poised to benefit from one woman’s Leland Grove home renovation.

Brenda Bohlen, 53, of Springfield has dubbed the rehab project “Fabulous Rehab with a Twist.” The home slated for renovation is at 1700 S. Noble Ave. She said her company, Dreams In Progress, is behind the project.

“My company has a house out on Noble, and I said … let’s (renovate) it using refurbished, reclaimed and thrift-store finds,” Bohlen said. “I said, let’s show people what can be done with recycled items and show people what can be done especially in this unexpected neighborhood because that’s not how they decorate here in Leland Grove.”

People can view some of the items to be renewed via the event’s Facebook page, said Jodi Cole, owner of Flea Market to Fabulous, one of the local businesses involved.

“She called us with the concept because she knew that’s what we do. We like to take old things and renew them as opposed to taking them to the Dumpster,” Cole said.

Cole’s business is renovating one of the home’s upstairs bedrooms.

An open house is set for noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 once renovations are complete. Those wishing to tour the home will be asked to make a donation at the door, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County and Kumler United Methodist Outreach Ministries. Nonperishable food also can be donated in lieu of an entry fee.

Sharon Brown, executive director of Kumler Outreach Ministries, said she’s grateful the organization will benefit from Bohlen’s open house.

“We’re always appreciative of organizations or individuals that feel compelled to donate to us to help us out because we can’t do what we do without the community,” Brown said.

In the meantime, Bohlen has created a scavenger-hunt-style bingo game to encourage people to donate items toward completing the home. Those cards can be printed online via the event’s Facebook page, she said.

Any donated items not used in the home will be auctioned off Nov. 9. The location is yet to be decided, Bohlen said. All proceeds go to the two charities.

Once the two-day open house is over, Bohlen said the house, which is in her name, will remain under the company’s ownership.

Want to go?

What: “Fabulous Rehab with a Twist”

Where: 1700 Noble Ave. in Springfield

When: Open house from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10. An auction featuring unused items will be held 6 p.m.

More information: Facebook page www.facebook.com/FabulousRehabWithATwist.

Two charities are poised to benefit from one woman’s Leland Grove home renovation.

Brenda Bohlen, 53, of Springfield has dubbed the rehab project “Fabulous Rehab with a Twist.” The home slated for renovation is at 1700 S. Noble Ave. She said her company, Dreams In Progress, is behind the project.

“My company has a house out on Noble, and I said … let’s (renovate) it using refurbished, reclaimed and thrift-store finds,” Bohlen said. “I said, let’s show people what can be done with recycled items and show people what can be done especially in this unexpected neighborhood because that’s not how they decorate here in Leland Grove.”

People can view some of the items to be renewed via the event’s Facebook page, said Jodi Cole, owner of Flea Market to Fabulous, one of the local businesses involved.

“She called us with the concept because she knew that’s what we do. We like to take old things and renew them as opposed to taking them to the Dumpster,” Cole said.

Cole’s business is renovating one of the home’s upstairs bedrooms.

An open house is set for noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 once renovations are complete. Those wishing to tour the home will be asked to make a donation at the door, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County and Kumler United Methodist Outreach Ministries. Nonperishable food also can be donated in lieu of an entry fee.

Sharon Brown, executive director of Kumler Outreach Ministries, said she’s grateful the organization will benefit from Bohlen’s open house.

“We’re always appreciative of organizations or individuals that feel compelled to donate to us to help us out because we can’t do what we do without the community,” Brown said.

In the meantime, Bohlen has created a scavenger-hunt-style bingo game to encourage people to donate items toward completing the home. Those cards can be printed online via the event’s Facebook page, she said.

Any donated items not used in the home will be auctioned off Nov. 9. The location is yet to be decided, Bohlen said. All proceeds go to the two charities.

Once the two-day open house is over, Bohlen said the house, which is in her name, will remain under the company’s ownership.

Want to go?

What: “Fabulous Rehab with a Twist”

Where: 1700 Noble Ave. in Springfield

When: Open house from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10. An auction featuring unused items will be held 6 p.m.

More information: Facebook page www.facebook.com/FabulousRehabWithATwist.

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